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placeholder November 18, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Thanksgiving dinners to be served in the East Bay

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Thanksgiving dinner will be served to those in need at three locations in the East Bay.

Volunteers from a dozen churches are preparing the second annual Tri-Valley Community Outreach Thanksgiving Dinner. The traditional sit-down meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day, in Moran Hall at St. Raymond Church. Families, seniors, members of the military, singles and anyone in need of dinner are welcome to attend. The church is at 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin.

Transportation to the dinner may be arranged by dialing 925-829-8956 or emailing trivalleyoutreach@gmail.com. Some meals will be delivered to elder-care residences.

While the event appears to be fully staffed, donations of food and money are welcome. Contact trivalleyoutreach@gmail.com.

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County is looking forward to serving 800 guests a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day in its Oakland Dining Room. Volunteers are needed on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the year. Dial 510-877-9252 or email volunteer@svdp-alameda.org to learn how to volunteer. Donations to help cover the cost of the Thanksgiving meal may be mailed to St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, 9235 San Leandro St., Oakland 94603. Put "Dining Room" on the notes line of the check.

At Salute e Vita Ristorante at Marina Bay in Richmond, energetic owner Menbere Aklilu is preparing to host 1,000 people for Thanksgiving dinner. Her guests will come from shelters in Richmond.

Aklilu, who gave birth to her son in a shelter run by Mother Teresa's sisters in Rome, has never forgotten the kindness she was shown. As she celebrates her 10th anniversary as owner of the restaurant, where she began work as hostess, she is not only feeding her guests at Thanksgiving, but offering them coupons to return for a meal next month as the weather grows colder.

While the meal is 100 percent covered by the restaurant, donations to help provide the bus and van transportation for the guests are welcome at Salute Thanksgiving Fund, c/o Salute E Vita Ristorante, 1900 Esplanade Drive, Richmond 94804.

Aklilu is also committed to hiring five people from the shelters to work as dishwashers or in food preparation. "Everyone deserves at least one chance," she said.

For the blessing of the Thanksgiving feast, Aklilu is looking toward Rome. She wrote Pope Francis, asking him to give the blessing.

Noting "how humble he is," she said, "maybe he'll make a telephone call."

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