Dear Redline members and friends,
This year, I am putting together a huge food drive for Lighthouse of Oakland. Lighthouse is an organization that helps low income families get back on their feet with donations of food, clothing and education programs. One of their programs, called PATH, provides long-term support to help women achieve self-sufficiency and provides their children with a healthy family environment.
I have a list of food items that Lighthouse will be putting together to make Thanksgiving food baskets to give to these low income families. The items either have to be boxed or canned...no glass containers or frozen items.
Sweet Potatoes (canned)
Potatoes (instant or canned)
Pumpkin Pie Filling
Pie Crust Mix
Dessert Items (cake mix, brownie mix, icing, etc)
Canned Vegetables (red, yellow or green)
They will also take any gift of money. To give you a guide, here is what your money will buy:
$15.00 will give a senior a generous basket of food including Thanksgiving Dinner
$25.00 provides a Thanksgiving Dinner for a family of 4.
$50.00 will purchase turkeys for 4 familes.
$100.00 will provide 4 families with an entire Thanksgiving Dinner, including turkeys.
Important: ANY canned or boxed food is accepted. If the items you give are not on the Thanksgiving basket list above, they will be stored in the pantry to feed the homeless throughout the year. They will take any clothing (especially kids clothing and underwear and business type clothing for women so they can be presentable during a job interview), gently used blankets, diapers (any size), cleaning supplies...you name it, they need it! If you're looking for ideas or want to see a complete list, you can view their wish list at this site : http://lighthouseoakland.org/wishlist.htm
Chuck has graciously offered his house as a drop off place for the East siders. My house is the drop off place for the West siders. If you can't make it to either of our houses, we will be collecting stuff at the next meeting. (TBA)
The LAST day to participate in this food drive is November 12th. I will be making a one-time run down to drop off the food and other items at noon. Please drop off all the stuff you are giving at one of the three mentioned places by then!
Note from the Lighthouse Director:
Thank you for your consideration at this time of need. When the Lighthouse family gathers around the table this Thanksgiving, know that each and everyone of us will give a silent prayer of thanks for the many who will come together to help those in need.
Thanks guys for reading this long but important message. If you have any questions please PM me or post. Deadline again is November 12th, NOON.