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Youth-led effort looks to provide healthy water for all

Tomrrow, Friday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Alameda will host a Benefit Concert to support the Thirst Project. This nonprofit youth water-activism organization is working to end water shortages around the world by building wells in developing communities that need safe, clean drinking water. 

Donation bins are now ready for the 2019 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program, which ensures all low-income Alameda families who sign up at the Alameda Food Bank receive age-appropriate holiday toys for their children up to age 12 and gift cards for their youth ages 13 to 17. Donors are encouraged to place new, unwrapped toys (please, no gun-style toys) in the boxes before final pickup on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Toys needed most include: scooters, remote-controlled cars, sports balls, board games, Legos and educational toys.               

The annual “food-raising” event sponsored by the Alameda Council — Boy Scouts of America to benefit the Alameda Food Bank (AFB) “Scouting for Food,” took place last weekend and saw an impressive outpouring of community giving. Scouts scoured the Island for donations left on residents’ front porches in the form of canned and non-perishable foods. The U.S. Coast Guard provided transportation support and assisted in sorting the food.

Through Monday, Nov. 25, local residents can participate in an international effort to support the less fortunate during the holiday season, thanks to Central Baptist Church of Alameda. The church has agreed to serve as a drop-off location for “Operation Christmas Child,” a program that delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories during the holidays.

Alameda Scouts like Hayley (left) and Austin Britton fanned out across the Island last Saturday to leave doorhangers about the annual Scouting for Food drive. The Scouts will pick up donations of canned goods, pasta, cereal and other non-perishable foods this Saturday, Nov. 16, for the more than 2,100 families who receive assistance from the Alameda Food Bank (AFB). The goal is to exceed last year’s donations totaling 13,000 pounds of food. In addition, Island residents may bring frozen turkeys to AFB at 1900 Thau Way (corner of Atlantic and Constitution) between 10 a.m.