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placeholder January 23, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Oakland Catholic Worker charity
loses its delivery van to thieves

The Grinch might not have stolen Christmas, but someone did make off with a well-worn Dodge Caravan that Oakland Catholic Worker was counting on using to bring Christmas gifts to those in need.

The van, a maroon 1995 model, was parked outside the Hospitality House at 4848 International Blvd. on Dec. 11. Workers found no van the next morning.

How to help

Donations can be sent to Oakland Catholic Worker, PO Box 19277, Oakland, CA 94619.

Street address: 4848 International Blvd., Oakland 94601
The timing was pretty bad. It was the time of year when many parishes within the Diocese of Oakland make Christmas gifts to Oakland Catholic Worker, which provides hospitality and aid to persons in need.

“Luckily, the parishes that give us Christmas gifts were willing to bring them to us,” said Sister Susan Wells, SNJM, project director. A Holy Names University student with a pickup truck helped out, driving gifts from one parish.

“Where’s it’s really impacted us is in donated food,” said Sister Susan. Oakland Catholic Worker counts on the van to pick up donated food from area grocery stores, and to make trips to the Alameda County Food Bank twice a week.

“We serve about 180 to 200 families on Thursdays with food distribution,” she said. “Every day but Sunday, we serve a hot meal to 30 to 50 homeless people.”

Police have not found the van, which had liability insurance but was not insured for theft. And while there is sadness, there is not bitterness. “I really hope the person needs it more than we do,” said Sister Susan.

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