Many Alamedans Give in to Holiday Spirit

 

The holiday season brings out the giving in everyone. Here in the Island City, there has been no shortage of generous giving happening within the community this year. 

County Supervisor Helps Out Locally
As reported last week, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan’s office made a large contribution to Alameda-based Alameda Meals on Wheels (above left). 
Chan (center, holding check) presented a donation of $17,000 from her office budget to representatives of the Meals on Wheels board of directors, volunteers and staff last Thursday. 

Local High School Students Chime in
Elsewhere around the community, students from both Encinal (EHS) and St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) high schools could be found contributing to good causes in Alameda.

When the EHS Jets varsity basketball team learned that Oakland’s Children’s Hospital runs a holiday gift program for children with cancer and their families, they got to work (above right). They raised money for an eight-year-old patient through candy sales and family donations. 

“We shopped at Target at Alameda Landing after practice,” said Coach Max Langaard. “Shoppers were so excited to see the players out shopping for a child in need and her family.” 

The players bought the patient slippers, a Golden State Warriors shirt, toys and some warm clothes. They purchased clothes, toys, a winter jacket and boots for the patient’s brother and gave the mother gift cards. 

The players took part in this same program last year. “They hope to make this an annual event for Children’s Hospital,” Langaard said. 

SJND hosted a school-wide Adopt-a-Family program to provide gifts to families in need during the season. The project provided students the opportunity to engage in meaningful service. 
A group of SJND students (below) compiled the families’ wish lists by personally interviewing the children in need. Then they distributed the lists to groups and departments throughout the campus.

Finally, the students hosted the families on campus to enjoy Christmas cheer with music, decorations, goodies, an art station and games.

End-of-Year Reminder
Many people are planning their end-of-year giving right now. The Alameda Sun would like to remind everyone that local nonprofits like Alameda Food Bank need donations just as badly as national outfits like the American Red Cross.Thank you for all you give.