| Organizations put 'giving' into Thanksgiving
Here are some opportunities in the Diocese of Oakland to make sure everyone has something to be thankful for on Nov. 26.
St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County is expecting 600 guests for Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings between 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Nov. 26 at its dining room at 675 23rd St., Oakland. Dial 510-877-9252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to volunteer at Thanksgiving dinner, or on any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday during the year that the free dining room welcomes guests.
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. Donate online at www.svdp-alameda.org/gift or dial 510-877-8751.
Food donations — including turkeys— may be brought to the dining room. Contact 510-435-2625 to arrange food donations.
Contra Costa County
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County Free Dining Room, at 1415 Simpson Court, Pittsburg, is serving Thanksgiving dinner, with all the trimmings, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 26. Volunteers are needed to help serve the meal, set up and clean up before the event and distribute donated hygiene items. Donations of socks and hygiene items are also welcome. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Contact Stephen Krank, 925-439-5060.
Donate online at www.svdp-cc.org or send checks to Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, Attn: Thanksgiving Program, 2210 Gladstone Drive, Pittsburg 94565.
Additionally, more than a dozen SVdP conferences in Contra Costa County are providing Thanksgiving food baskets to more than 800 needy families in Pittsburg, Bay Point, Richmond, Concord, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Martinez, San Pablo and Walnut Creek. Turkeys, hams and cash donations are needed. Checks may be sent to SVdP of Contra Costa County, 2210 Gladstone Drive, Pittsburg 94565, Attn: Thanksgiving Food Basket program. Contact Stephen Krank at 925-439-5060 or email@example.com.
SVdP District Council Thanksgiving One Warm Coat Collection, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 27, Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. SVdP truck will collect donated coats for distribution to the needy.
Menbere Aklilu will once again welcome guests — this year 700 military veterans from Contra Costa and Marin counties will join those referred by local social services agencies — to Salute e Vita Ristorante, her Richmond Marina Bay restaurant.
Once a homeless mother in Rome, Aklilu shares her if-I-can-do-it-you-can-do-it message of hope with her guests. Her generosity includes transportation for those who need it; as well as flu shots. In between, guests are treated to a white tablecloth, fine dining experience, topped off with a cappuchino.
Dinner is on the house; donations to help with the additional costs may be made through the Richmond Community Foundation. Checks should be made payable to Richmond Community Foundation, with a memo "Salute's Day of Giving Thanks Fund," and sent to Salute E Vita Ristorante, 1900 Esplanade Drive, Richmond 94804.
Donations by credit card may be made at www.richmondcf.org/donate, and specify "Salute's Day of Giving Thanks Fund" in the Tribute section.
To volunteer or to donate items for gift bags, contact Cathy Wagenaar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tri-Valley Community Outreach Dinner enters its fourth year, with the traditional sit-down Thanksgiving dinner being served to 250 guests from noon to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin.
Volunteers are needed the day before to decorate the hall. On Thanksgiving, volunteers are needed to cook turkeys, help in the kitchen, serve and clean up.
Volunteers can sign up at www.tvc-thanksgiving.com. There's also information about how to make a donation of food or supplies, which is requested by Nov. 16. To donate funds for the dinner, contact chairman Matt Troiano at email@example.com.
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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