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There are more than 6,000 children in Alameda County who will not receive visits from Santa this year, according to Georgia Butterfield, chairwoman of the Adopt An Angel organization. More than half of those children are under 10 years old and many live in shelters, group homes, foster homes or with relatives in low-income homes. Sadly, there is, quite simply, no extra money for "frills," such as Barbie dolls or Matchbox cars on Dec. 25.

To make matter worse, these youngsters go to school, watch television and play with other children, seeing first-hand the toys, games and dolls Santa won't bring to them on Christmas morning. For 25 years, Adopt An Angel has worked to change that one gift at a time.

Adopt An Angel is a non-profit group of volunteers who are working this month to make the dreams and wishes of at least 650  youngsters come true.

Children subit their three wishes along with their age.

Their wishes are often simple: underwear, shoes, blankets, backpacks, school supplies and pajamas. The gifts go to those who are under the auspices of Alameda County Protective Services and an organization called Terra Firma Diversion Educational Services, a Hayward agency that helps foster children and other people in need.

It has become one of the largest charity drives in Alameda County. Though out the year, Adopt An Angel also collects clothes, stuffed animals, backpacks and school supplies for children and teens that need them.

Want to help?

Here's how:

1. Adopt a child's name and shop for his/her gifts
2. Help wrap the thousands of gifts ( done at a warehouse in
Union City the first part of December)
3 Donate wrapping paper, 2-inch clear tape,
batteries, or gift boxes
4. Make a tax-deductible monetary donation
5. Tell your friends and family about Adopt And Angel  
For more info., call Georgia Butterfield at 510-673-3938

Last Updated (Thursday, 15 November 2012 02:16)


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