December 14, 2013 (Lakeside) -- This story falls into the “how low can you go” category. On Wednesday evening, two crooks stole donations out of a red Salvation Army kettle in front of a Walmart store off Los Coches Road in Lakeside. One thief distracted the bell ringer while his partner in crime stole about $150 to $200 in cash.
Captain Terry Masango with the Salvation Army in El Cajon said it broke his heart that someone would steal money meant to help the poor. “If they had just come to us and said, ‘We’re hungry,’ we would have helped them,” he said, the UT San Diego reported.
Link to video from Toy Drive “Big Reveal”: http://youtu.be/Wt6i9YqPrHM
December 12, 2013 (Alpine) – When the curtain went up on stage at the DreamCatcher Lounge last night at Viejas Casino and Resort, it revealed 12,017 toys to benefit local children this holiday season.
Representatives of Viejas Tribal Council also presented a $15,000 check to East County Salvation Army Captain Terry Masango on behalf of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, along with the largest donation of toys ever received by the local Salvation Army chapter.
By Janis Mork
November 17, 2013 (El Cajon)- On November 14, the Salvation Army of El Cajon Corps held its 38th annual Kettle Kick Off party at Hooleys Irish Pub and Grill in the Grossmont Center mall. The day after, people started ringing bells at different businesses for people to put money in the red kettles to raise money for East County children and families in need during the holiday season. This year will be a challenge because of when Thanksgiving falls, and the season will be shorter than last year. The organization hopes to provide 500 families with Thanksgiving baskets.
ECM interviewed Captain Terry Masango (photo, left), administrator of all of Salvation Army’s services and pastor of the Salvation Army El Cajon Corps Community Center. “We have senior homes, serve meals to the seniors, have after school youth programs, and serve groceries to 1100 families a month,” he said, adding that Salvation Army believes in offering help to those in need as part of its mission. ”We’re also in the process of registering 1400 families for Christmas.”
By Bill Weaver
November 18, 2012 Alpine) -- Viejas Casino & Outlets today launched its annual Holiday Toy Drive to support the local Salvation Army. With the help of Viejas Team Members and guests, the goal is to provide 5,000 toys to deserving families in San Diego and Imperial Counties. That’s up from 3,000 toys last year.
The San Diego Bicycle Club’s 24th Annual Light up a Life Holiday Toy Drive
December 11, 2011 (Rolando) The community is invited to celebrate the annual Jingle Bell Kroc Community Christmas Festival at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Avenue (at 68th St) in San Diego, on Wednesday, December 14, from 4-8 p.m. Admission is free with donation of a new, unwrapped toy in original packaging, valued at $5 or more.
Friday, December 2nd, the last First Friday POWER breakfast for the 2011 year will be held in grand holiday fashion! As always, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians will sponsor the event and the Salvation Army's Toy and Food Drive will be the program.
The East County Toy & Food Drive will be showcased to highlight how many undeserved families benefit each year from the charity and community spirit of our East County home, as well as remind guests about the importance of community service.
November 25, 2011 (Alpine) -- Gretchen Rossi of Bravo's hit reality series "The Real Housewives of Orange County" will join 11 other local celebrities at Viejas Casino on Monday, November 28 in a Celebrity Slot Tournament at Viejas Casino. 100 percent of the winnings from the tournament, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will be donated to the local Salvation Army.
The list of confirmed celebrities for the slot tournament include sports stars, TV news anchors and more:
May 16, 2011 (El Cajon) – Captain Darren Norton and his wife, Mary, will be transferred from the Salvation Army’s El Cajon headquarters to accept new assignments as the Corps Officers at the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps effective June 29th. Captain North has headed up many activities in East County for the Salvation Army, including the annual East County Toy & Food Drive each holiday season as well as efforts to help fire survivors.
San Diego, CA –January 20, 2011—Young Audiences of San Diego and The Salvation Army Kroc Center will host a free Family Arts and Literacy Night this Thursday, January 27th at 6:30 pm. Hundreds of families will gather in the Kroc Center Multipurpose Room-Education Building for an evening of fun for the “Build your own Global Village” event and each child will take home a brand new book.
December 2, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Santa Claus will soon be getting some exercise. Instead of riding in a sleigh drawn by reindeer, Santa will utilize pedal power as he leads over150 bicyclists in the San Diego Bicycle Club’s 23rd annual “Light up a Life” holiday toy drive on December 11th.
September 11, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Hotter temperatures can mean high utility bills, but there’s help. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers experiencing financial hardship may apply for assistance through a new state program called Temporary Energy Assistance for Families (TEAF). The program, facilitated by the Salvation Army, provides eligible families an opportunity to get a one-time emergency energy grant of up to $1,500 to pay off past-due utility bills and avoid service shut-off.
Applications will be accepted only through Sept. 21.
December 11, 2009 (El Cajon)--Join Stoney's Kids, the Salvation Army, Viejas & AM 600 KOGO in the Target Shopping Center Parking Lot on Broadway in El Cajon for the live radio broadcast of the East County Toy & Food Drive Fire Truck/Toy Parade.
Yes, there's still time to RSVP and join East County Magazine for feasting, fun & merry-making at our HOLIDAY HOOPLA PARTY on Sunday, December 13th 2-6 p.m. in La Mesa. Festiivities will include great food (turkey, ham and all the trimmings!), wine-tasting, prizes, games, and a rib-tickling presentation by Emmy Award-winning comedian Russ T. Nailz.
July 15, 2009 (San Diego)—Children under 18 can receive free sack lunches and milk at the Salvation Army Kroc Center from June 29th through July 31st (except July 3rd). Children under age 11 must be accompanied by an adult to receive the lunches, which are available Monday through Friday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. No paperwork or ID is required, and no questions will be asked.