Turkeys, Groceries and Kindness Bring Holiday Cheer

Better Together – Once again, neighbors fanned out across the southern neighborhoods of San Francisco to bring turkeys, fixings and kindness to those in need.  This would not have been possible without the financial support from the Glide Food Program, Barbara Garcia, Director of the SF Dept. of Public Health whose contribution supported the 221 additional turkeys and trimmings for families in the Bayview, Community Living Campaign and a gift of extra turkeys from the A. Phillip Randolph Institute.  This generosity helped us expand to reach an additional 360 families this year, bringing the total to over 1400.  

Thanks to our hosts – Thanks are also due to IT Bookman Community Center, Joseph Lee Recreation Center and the Bayview Opera House for providing places to receive and organize delivery, and to Mission Language and Vocational School for providing a site to pack and to store the additional groceries until ready for delivery.  To get an idea of the reach of this effort, below is a list of the organizations that stepped up to deliver to those they knew could benefit from this holiday goodwill.  

In the Bayview –  the following organizations and faith communities participated in outreach and delivery: Alive and Free – Omega Boys Club, YMCA, Bilingual Soc. Svc. Unit, Carecen, CLC Bayview Home Delivery /HP UNITI, George Davis Senior Center, Horizons Unlimited, Imani Breast Cancer Group, Jail Program, Joseph Lee Clients, Latino Mother’s Group,  Rafiki Health & Wellness Coalition, Reducing Stigma in the South East (RSSE), Samoan Solutions, SFUSD/Emily Wade Thompson, Southeast Health Center, and Young Community Developers.  And Faith Communities: All Hallows & Our Lady of Lourdes, Calvary Hill Community Church, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Double Rock Baptist Church, Grace Tabernacle Community Church, New Life Fellowship Church, New Providence Baptist Church, Olivet Baptist Church, Providence Baptist Church, St Paul’s Tabernacle Baptist Church, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, St. Marks Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, St. Paul of the Shipwreck, True Hope Church of God in Christ, United House of Prayer, and Without Walls Christian Fellowship.

In the OMI, help came from Cayuga Community Connectors, El Bethel Baptist Church, I.T. Bookman Community Center, Inner City Youth, Lutheran Church of Our Savior Seniors, OMI Home Delivered Grocery Program/CLC, OMI Neighborhood Volunteers, OMI Seniors Center /Catholic Charities, Parkmerced/University Park Home Delivered Grocery Program, Second Union Baptist Church, and Temple United Methodist Church.

Too many committed individuals helped out to name them all, but a “special thank you” is due to George Guidry and Joselyn Barrera of Glide; Veronica Shepard, Dept. of Public Health and Valeria Lewis, Co-lead; Deb Glen, Chester Williams, Saralyn Archie and Reggie Williams, Community Living Campaign.   

See some of these dedicated folks at work below.  Photos by Judith Sandoval, Kate Kuckro and Marie Jobling. 

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