good deeds

Alameda resident Les Hilger (right) kisses Poe after paying for the privilege. Hilger’s organization, Alameda Support Foundation, donated $5,000 to the Angel Fund for sick and injured animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Poe has a neurological condition, but he’ll still be in the kissing booth at the Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St., from 2 to 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, when a donation to the Angel Fund will earn you a kiss from Poe.

To earn his Emergency Preparedness Badge in pursuit of Eagle Scout rank, James Peter (JP) Chiu (right), a 10th-grade student at St. Joseph Notre Dame in Alameda and a member of Boy Scout Troup 556 in San Leandro, raised  $3,000 using crowdfunding from family, friends and businesses to purchase disaster-emergency backpacks for 50 clients at the Alameda Food Bank. 

Bob Votruba, 62, spent much of his Labor Day Weekend touring Alameda on his bicycle to raise awareness for children with disabilities and differences.

The Ohio native spent Friday, Sept. 1, and Saturday, Sept. 2, riding around Alameda on his bicycle talking to people about the struggles young people battle today. He advocates for better treatment and awareness of autism, Asperger’s syndrome, bipolar disorder and different addictions. He also campaigns for an end to bullying and violence. 

The Alameda Food Bank recently received a check for $400 from the Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee. The committee raised the funds through the Spring Festival they organize each year celebrating the Lunar New Year at Harbor Bay Landing. 
“I would like to thank the committee members for a wonderful contribution,” said Troy Gilbert, Alameda Food Bank executive director.

“Their generosity and commitment enables the food bank to purchase more and higher quality food for needy Alamedans.”

Alameda residents John Cashman, Diane Runyan and Nita Greganti are once again joining the AIDS LifeCycle bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles travelling 545 miles to support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF).

Cashman, owner of The Cashman Team Inc. Real Estate  Company, and one of the oldest on the ride has been riding for the SFAF since 1995 and will take his 12th ride this year.