Caring for the Community – Part 2

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In one of my previous posts, I mentioned the annual Thanksgiving Run to Feed the Hungry, which raises funds for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.  Although I wasn’t there, I’m happy to note that in this year’s event (on November 26) over 29,000 participants ran the 5K or 10K runs.  While they have not yet posted how much money was raised, the 2008 Run to Feed the Hungry (with 28,000 participants running) raised $750,000 to help needy families and individuals in the Sacramento area.

This holiday season, the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (located at 3333 Third Avenue in Oak Park) has a number of opportunities to help:

* The Adopt-a-Family program is nearing its donation deadline of Monday, December 21.  The idea is for family, friends, co-workers and other groups to agree to “adopt” a needy family and provide them with gifts for the holidays.  Donors receive names, genders, ages, clothing sizes for each child, and specific needs.  There are still needy families who have not yet been “adopted,” so if you are interested in helping out, please e-mail Genevieve Diegnan at gdeignan@sacramentofoodbank.org, or call her at (916) 648-8736.  Donations need to be dropped off on Monday, December 21 at the Saca Community Learning Center (2469 Rio Linda Blvd. in Sacramento); so please contact Genevieve soon if you are interested.

* Donate a holiday meal basket.  Hams, rolls, canned goods, pies, and other festive foods will be given away to help an additional 500 families eat a nutritious holiday meal.  Please contact the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services office at (916) 456-1980, if you are interested in donating.

* Cash donations will also be used to provide holiday cheer for needy families.  Please call the Food Bank office at the number above, or go to their website for more information:  www.sacramentofoodbank.org .

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