The Salvation Army: Modesto, California
Volunteer To Be A Bellringer

Call 209-522-3209 today to be a volunteer bellringer. Both individuals and groups are needed between November 14 and December 24 to receive
Kettle donations at businesses.

Holiday Toy Drive PDF Print E-mail

In less than two months, on December 19 and 20, Christmas food baskets and Christmas toys for children will be distributed by The Salvation Army Modesto Citadel.Last year, 5,200 toys were given out and Christmas baskets were provided to 5,523 individuals.

Donations of toys for all ages of children are needed to make the holidays bright for those who cannot afford these items. Toys can be brought to our office by December 18 to fill the demand. They will be bagged up and readied for the children.

This year, the Christmas food and toy distribution will take place over two days at the west campus of Modesto Junior College, in the Agriculture Pavilion, off Carpenter Road. Those who were qualified and have signed up in October were given a specified date and time for their individual pick-ups.

All toys and food will be gladly accepted and will bring joy to the children and their families.

In Review PDF Print E-mail

Lowe’s Improves Child Development Center
For the third year in a row, employees from the Modesto Lowe’s Improvement Store came to The Salvation Army Child Development Center and donated their time, energy, expertise and resources to enhance or restore the building and playground. Some of these projects included painting, repairing playground equipment and the sprinkler system, replacing sand in the sandbox, and installing shelving. One of the items that most excited the teachers was the installation of a 12’x 12’ raised garden box, with drip watering system, for the children to grow flowers and vegetables.

Thank you Lowe's!

Stanislaus Foods Provides Dishwasher for Shelter
The Salvation Army Berberian Homeless Shelter and Transitional Living Center now has a dishwasher in their newly constructed kitchen, courtesy of Stanislaus Food Products, a neighbor of the facility. They donated a check of $9,464.54 to cover the cost of the dishwasher, the delivery, the modifying of the area for the installation, the creating of a custom frame, and the installation.

Thank you Stanislaus Foods!

Summer Santa Came to Fair
At the County Fair, a “Santa” in summer clothing, and his helpers, collected donations in red kettles and toys for Christmas distribution at The Salvation Army. The event was deemed “great exposure” and netted $503.62 and 191 new toys for needy children.

Thank you to all who donated toys and volunteered to help at this event!

Would You Like to Furnish Carpets for the Child Development Center?
After several years of wear by many little children, the two 9x12 educational area carpets need to be replaced at the Child Development Center. Their cost is $500 each. If you can help, please contact Brian Aird at 522-3209.

Sign-ups for Smart Phones Held at The Salvation Army
Under a newly updated program signed by President Obama, anyone on any one form of government assistance is eligible to receive the latest Android touch screen wireless smart-phone free of charge. They come with 1000 minutes and unlimited texting each month. This contract can be renewed each year.

The idea is that the recipients will then have phones to apply for jobs and a way for potential employers to contact them. The funding comes through the Federal government and taxpayers to California Lifeline, Verizon.

Jake Knutson, a representative from Budget Mobile, came to The Salvation Army Modesto Citadel and signed up clients for the free smart-phones this past week. The phones will be sent, in about two weeks, to their addresses or can be picked up at The Salvation Army Berberian Shelter if they do not have an address. Similar  signups for the low-income have also been held at the Shelter in an effort to give away 6,000 phones.



The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church and serves in 109 countries. We serve and minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of families, individuals and emergency personnel. The Salvation Army ministers to all without discrimination through Youth, Senior, Human Services, Rehabilitation and Emergency/Disaster programs.

Your donation allows the work of the Salvation Army to continue in Modesto. On the following page, please fill in "Modesto" to the Specific Use field to assure your gift reaches those in our community.

They’re coming to us for a safe place to play. To learn, to grow into young men and women of character. These are kids from families with parents who worry about them after school — some of them might even be your neighbors. The Red Shield Center in Modesto provides what kids need most: guidance, security, friendship.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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