| It's holiday season for volunteers,
donors aiding Catholic Charities
For Carol Louisell, Catholic Charities of the East Bay's community engagement and volunteer manager, it's the busiest and most wonderful time of the year.
Through their case managers, Catholic Charities' clients are provided with toys for their children at Christmas, and turkeys for their table.
In the month of October, caseworkers identify their clients' needs; in November, Louisell seeks to match volunteers who would like to fulfill those wishes; December is a whirlwind of shopping and delivery of gifts.
There are three opportunities to assist Catholic Charities of the East Bay this holiday season.
Project Joybells: For more than 25 years, Project Joybells has provided toys for needy children age 12 and younger. Contributions of $20 or more per child would be welcome; volunteers will purchase the gifts.
Turkey Give-a-Way: This program, founded in 1997, anticipates giving 1,000 turkeys — in the form of $20 Safeway gift cards — to needy families.
Adopt-a-Family: This program seeks individuals, groups and companies to adopt low-income families for the holidays, either by making a financial contribution or shopping for the family. Children and their parents would receive gifts. CCEB case managers work with qualified families to identify and purchase the items they may want and need, or volunteers may purchase the gifts on their "wish lists" and deliver them to the CCEB office in Oakland.
Contact Louisell at 510-768-3142 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.cceb.org.
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