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July 1, 1989 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Rush-hour commuters accustomed to devilish traffic jams were called upon to denounce Satan in a bold and curious crusade launched by a maverick branch of the Salvation Army on Friday. Uniformed members of the religious organization's San Fernando Valley headquarters hoisted large banners above three Hollywood Freeway overpasses during the intense morning rush hours warning that old Beelzebub himself may be tailgating on drivers' souls.
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July 1, 1989 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Rush-hour commuters accustomed to devilish traffic jams were called upon to denounce Satan in a bold and curious crusade launched by a maverick branch of the Salvation Army on Friday. Uniformed members of the religious organization's San Fernando Valley headquarters hoisted large banners above three Hollywood Freeway overpasses during the intense morning rush hours warning that old Beelzebub himself may be tailgating on drivers' souls.
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February 26, 1986 | MARC IGLER, Times Staff Writer
Darkness is falling as the beige van pulls to a stop in North Hollywood Park. The driver, Capt. John Purdell of the Salvation Army, steps outside and begins ringing a come-and-get-it triangle, the type seen in Westerns. "Food's here, food's here," Purdell shouts. Gradually, shadowy figures approach--out of bushes, off benches and up from the ground. Tonight, dinner for the homeless men and women of North Hollywood Park is on the Salvation Army.
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February 26, 1986 | MARC IGLER, Times Staff Writer
Darkness is falling as the beige van pulls to a stop in North Hollywood Park. The driver, Capt. John Purdell of the Salvation Army, steps outside and begins ringing a come-and-get-it triangle, the type seen in Westerns. "Food's here, food's here," Purdell shouts. Gradually, shadowy figures approach--out of bushes, off benches and up from the ground. Tonight, dinner for the homeless men and women of North Hollywood Park is on the Salvation Army.
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December 28, 1987
The Salvation Army Corps, which traditionally feeds the needy Sunday evenings in the San Fernando Valley, opened its doors Saturday to 225 people trying to escape the cold, Salvation Army Capt. John Purdell said. Until Saturday, dinners at the corps' center in Van Nuys drew a maximum of 125 people, Purdell said. The Salvation Army also housed 48 homeless people Saturday and sent 55 to a nearby motel.
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December 21, 1987
About 300 homeless people from the San Fernando Valley received some holiday cheer Sunday as two community organizations held Christmas dinners. At the San Fernando Valley Corps of the Salvation Army in Van Nuys, volunteers served 160 people what was called Christmas Dinner I, said Capt. John Purdell. Christmas Dinner II will be served at the center next Sunday.
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August 13, 1988 | RICHARD SIMON, Times Staff Writer
In the first such effort of its kind in Los Angeles, city officials plan to transport hundreds of homeless people from across the San Fernando Valley to a trailer in Van Nuys for counseling, health care and other services. The 60-foot trailer will be set up from Aug. 23 to Sept. 16 in the Salvation Army parking lot at 14197 Victory Blvd., according to Bob Vilmur, the city's coordinator for homeless projects. After Sept.
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December 22, 1988 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, Times Staff Writer
The San Fernando Valley Corps of the Salvation Army has set a record for Christmas season kettle collections, with bell ringers bringing in more than $82,000 despite earlier problems with a Northridge mall, corps officials announced Wednesday. "It's been a banner year for us," Capt. John Purdell said. "And that's because we are positioned where we are supposed to be and where the public wants us--at the malls."
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December 25, 1987 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
Farmers and nursery owners in Ventura County worked to protect their crops, while relief workers in the San Fernando Valley reopened two shelters for the homeless as cold weather continued to grip the area Thursday. Terry Schaeffer, an agricultural meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Santa Paula, said Ventura County growers were "pulling out all the stops in most areas" to protect delicate plants and trees, particularly citrus and avocados.
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August 13, 1988 | RICHARD SIMON, Times Staff Writer
In the first such effort of its kind in Los Angeles, city officials plan to transport hundreds of homeless people from across the San Fernando Valley to a trailer in Van Nuys for counseling, health care and other services. The 60-foot trailer will be set up from Aug. 23 to Sept. 16 in the Salvation Army parking lot at 14917 Victory Blvd., said Bob Vilmur, the city's homeless projects coordinator. After Sept.
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January 5, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
A Municipal Court commissioner on Wednesday ordered that a 60-year-old man, who worked from Thanksgiving through Christmas as a Salvation Army bell ringer, be allowed to return to his apartment, which he was forced to abandon for almost 2 weeks after he was late paying his rent.
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December 26, 1987 | PATRICIA KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
Farmers in Ventura County worked through the night with heaters, anti-frost chemicals, wind-blowing machines and helicopters to protect their crops as temperatures dipped into the 20s early Friday. The National Weather Service forecast similar temperatures for late Friday and early today. "Probably in excess of $1 million was spent countywide on protective measures for the crops," said Terry Schaeffer, an agricultural meteorologist with the NWS in Santa Paula.
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