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Children’s Fund continues annual holiday toy and gift drive

children's fundDear Friend,

The time has arrived for our 27th Annual Celebration of Giving Campaign Holiday Gift & Toy Drive.  Working together, we continue to provide a bright future for the children we serve, because we believe they are strong and resilient.  A holiday gift of toys, clothes, or books can serve as a profound reminder that others care for them, no matter their circumstance.  Last year, due to the generosity of individuals like you, thousands of children received a meaningful gift during the holidays. For some of these precious children, this was the only gift they received.

We invite you to join us again this year at the following locations, as we raise funds and gifts for the children throughout San Bernardino County who need our generosity and support this holiday season.  Please click here for details.

San Bernardino County HSS Warehouse

1140 E. Cooley Ave.

San Bernardino, CA 92408

Monday-Friday 10 am – 4 pm

December 1 thru December 15
Super Target – Hesperia

12795 Main Street Hesperia

Saturday, December 12

8 am – 4 pm

Thank you so much for demonstrating your holiday spirit and believing in the children we serve!

Stacy Iverson

Interim President & CEO

El Niño is coming, are you ready for the rain?

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San Bernardino County Fire Assistant Chief Don Trapp speaks at press conference about El Nino preparedness

Today Caltrans hosted a multi-agency press conference regarding El Niño; focusing on what to expect, how to be prepared and what public safety agencies are doing to be prepared.

Guest speaker, San Bernardino County Fire Assistant Chief Don Trapp, warned citizens that each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard; siting already this year we have seen multiple major flooding and mudslide events. In mid-October, flooding and mud flows trapped hundreds of motorists in adjacent counties and forced the temporary closure of the I-5 freeway through the Tehachapi Mountains. In early September a couple on a first date got caught in a flash flood at Mill Creek crossing in Forest Falls. While she was able to make it to shore, he did not make it out of the water alive.

Chief Trapp went on to state the main cause of so many injuries and deaths is due to people underestimating the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream.

“Heavy rainfall can cause normally dry washes and riverbeds to become raging torrents in a very short amount of time,” Chief Trapp said. “Never cross a road that you can’t see due to it being covered by water. It only takes 2 feet of flowing water to move a vehicle. It is always safest to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when roads are flooded. If you are caught in swift water and your vehicle stalls, and there is no water coming into the vehicle, stay put and call for help.  Do not try to exit your vehicle, as the water flows swiftly and can sweep you away.”

Rescue 72 and Swift Water Rescue 72 were on hand to exhibit specialized equipment used to perform a swift-water rescue. Nearly all of County Fire’s first-response equipment is equipped with swift-water rescue gear, which includes dry-suits, floating ropes, personal flotation devices, and other rescue equipment. All San Bernardino County firefighters receive basic swift-water rescue training, and well over 100 firefighters are trained in advanced swift-water rescue skills.

San Bernardino County Fire reminds residents to download and use the free Ready!Set!Go! Flood Preparation brochure on our website at www.sbcfire.og. In it you will find information about what to do before, during and after a flooding event.

The best preparation for possible flooding is to plan ahead. The Ready!Set!Go! brochure will show you some of the things you can do to protect your home, property and family. There are three simple steps you can take to help protect your home from floodwaters and debris: Ready, Set, and Go!

Be Ready. In the brochure you’ll find information about how to prepare for wet weather, things like cleaning out rain gutters and storm drains, where you can sign up for emergency alerts, fire stations that have sandbags available, and what you should have in an emergency kit. There is also specific information for areas that have recently been burned by wildfire.

Get Set. When heavy rain has been forecast – or when heavy, steady rain is falling – monitor the news media, websites and social media sites for updated weather conditions. The phrasing meteorologists use is important; a Flood Watch means flooding is possible in your area, Flood Warning means flooding in your area is already occurring or is imminent, and Flash Flood is sudden violent flooding. Flash floods often come up quickly during heavy rain.

Practice “situational awareness.” Know and understand what is going on around you so that if conditions worsen you can take the necessary actions to protect your home and family. Being ready for any sort of flooding is important.

Go when you’re told. If flooding occurs, you are safest staying in your home if it is not being affected by floodwaters, mud or debris. If asked to evacuate, do so immediately and proceed to higher ground or an established shelter. If the water rises suddenly and you cannot evacuate, move to the second floor or, if necessary, the roof.

If you’re asked to leave, evacuate to higher ground taking your emergency kit and valuables. Don’t forget medications and important documents! Pay attention to your surroundings; look for swift moving water, downed power lines, and debris.

Get your Ready!Set!Go! Flood Preparation brochure and set up a plan now. Having one and practicing it can save you and your family when an emergency comes. Get yours at  You can also obtain a list of fire stations that have free sand and sandbags.

Other helpful resources:

  • An El Niño resources web page for residents to obtain information on storm preparation is available at
  • To find your closest sandbag location, check SBCoFire’s website at
  • Check the National Weather Service at to see current and upcoming weather events
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s El Niño Portal has regular El Niño forecast updates,

Read more about the news conference here with information from Caltrans.

Donate gift cards for youth and make a wish come true

Giving Tree 2015_ExternalSan Bernardino County’s 2015 Giving Tree Campaign for Transitional Age Youth is underway and donated gift cards for young people in need are being accepted through Monday, Dec. 14.

Make a difference in the life of a Transitional Age Youth this holiday season by purchasing gift cards for participating youth.

The Department of Behavioral Health provides services to transitional aged youth ages 16 to 25 who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless who have been living in foster care, group homes and other placements.

The youth have listed their holiday wishes and are depending on the kindness of others. For some, this is the only gift they receive for the holidays.

To donate, request a wish from the Transitional Age Youth Holiday Wish Box by email to Roxanne De Hay or call (909) 387-7192 (7-1-1 for TTY users). Request a wish in person at the TAY Center, 780 E. Gilbert Street in San Bernardino.

Only gift cards are accepted. Click here for more information.

Bookmobile service coming to Apple Valley

San Bernardino County Library Adventure BusThe public is invited to visit the San Bernardino County Library Adventure Bus Bookmobile at the Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Branch Library, 14901 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. beginning December 1. The Bookmobile offers the following services:

•             Get a library card

•             Check out materials

•             Return or renew materials

•             Request materials from other San Bernardino County Library branches

Services are also available at the temporary location of the Apple Valley Branch Library at the Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley, 760-240-2111.  Library hours at the museum are Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For full library services, visit these branches in the area:

Hesperia Branch Library

9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia


Adelanto Branch Library

11497 Bartlett Avenue in Adelanto


Janice Horst Lucerne Valley Branch Library

33103 Old Woman Springs Road in Lucerne Valley


Phelan Memorial Library

9800 Clovis Road in Phelan


The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all the people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit or call (909) 387-2220

Calico ‘decking the halls’ for annual holiday fest

hOLIDAY fEST fLYER_reducedFamilies have the opportunity to take a break from shopping crowds and visit Calico Ghost Town during its annual Holiday Fest. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be plenty of family friendly activities including kid’s crafts, games, and more.  This year, Regional Parks is excited to add the first ever Calico Ugly Sweater contest on Main Street Stage at 5:15 p.m.

Live entertainment will include music by the High D Boys, Holiday Carolers, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Native American dancers in full ceremonial dress will perform on Nov. 27 and 28. In addition, Calico’s very own gunfighters will be deputizing all children as “holiday helpers” to assist Santa and his elves with the evening tree lighting ceremony.

The Calico Holiday Bear promotion kicks off this weekend, and guests who spend a total of $75 at Calico shops, attractions, or restaurants, can present their receipts at participating shops to pick out and take home their favorite decorated bear.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for youth 6 to 15 years old, and children 5 and younger are free. The Calico Town shops and restaurants will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Calico Ghost Town is located at 36600 Ghost Town Road in Yermo.

For more information and a schedule of events please visit or call 1-800-86-CALICO.

Food trucks return to downtown San Bernardino

Poster 11.19.15 PRINTThe lunchtime weather in San Bernardino is expected to be perfect this Thursday, November 19, which makes it the perfect day to visit the food trucks on their monthly visit to downtown.

This month’s Third Thursday food truck event will feature nine trucks serving up lobster, sliders, hot dogs, burgers, crepes, grilled cheese, cupcakes. Click here for more details.

Supervisors, Community Foundation launch Give BIG 2015 campaign

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The Community Foundation’s President and CEO Jonathan Yorba, Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos, Vice Chairman Robert Lovingood, Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales

San Bernardino County Supervisors joined nonprofit and community leaders today in launching the Give Big San Bernardino County 2015 campaign.

The 24-hour web-a-thon is designed to raise money for nonprofits in the county while building a culture of philanthropy and giving throughout the community.

“We look forward to building on the success of last year’s Give Big campaign and generating the kind of sustainable support that will help us, as a bigger community, address some of our major challenges,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

Creating a culture of philanthropy is a major priority in San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire, where poverty rates rank among the highest in the region. According to the Southern California Association of Governments, 19 percent of Inland Empire residents – and 26 percent of children – live below the poverty line.

Compounding this challenge is a rapidly growing population. Currently home to more than 4 million people, the Inland Empire is projected to be among the fastest growing regions in the United States.

More than 100 nonprofits have signed up to participate in the 2015 Give Big San Bernardino County campaign, which will begin at midnight Dec.  1 – an international Day of Giving – and continue through Dec. 2. If they prefer, donors can visit before then and make contributions.

Thanks to funding from the Board of Supervisors and the support of sponsors, Give Big San Bernardino County is providing valuable training to nonprofits in the use of social media, cultivating relationships with donors and developing a communications plan.

The 2014 Give Big San Bernardino County campaign raised more than $500,000 for participating charities.

Pet adoption event for members of the military, veterans

San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC) will recognize U.S. veterans and members of the military with no-cost pet adoptions during Pets 2 Vets adoption event now through Nov. 14. Veterans and members of the military can adopt dogs and cats from one of the county’s animal shelter facilities located in Devore or Big Bear. The outreach is part of the county’s ongoing effort tovet_pic3 place homeless pets with loving families. ACC will adopt up to 100 dogs or cats to qualified U.S. military veterans or members of the military. There is a limit of two adoptions per qualified individual.

The “Animals aRe First Fund” (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists stray animals in San Bernardino County, will be paying for the vaccination, adoption and the spay or neuter fees for the first 100 adoptions made to qualified military veterans at San Bernardino County-operated animal shelters.

To participate, veterans need to provide one form of valid military identification. Valid identification includes a Veterans Identification Card, VA Health Card, Department of Defense/Uniformed Services ID Card, Disabled American Veterans Life Member ID Card, American Legion ID Card, DD-214 form, a Disabled Veteran California State Park and Recreation Pass, or a letter from the San Bernardino County Office of Veterans Affairs.

Animals can be adopted from the following San Bernardino County shelters: the Devore Animal Shelter, located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, (909) 386-9820, or the Big Bear Animal Shelter located at 42080 Northshore Drive, Big Bear City, (909) 866-4943. For more information call San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control at 1-800-472-5609

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