December Gift Giving!
Gifts for the Unhoused Children of East Oakland Community Project
Once again, Skyline Church and Preschool have an opportunity for gift-giving to the homeless children of the East Oakland Community Project.
In 2019, Alameda County reported the biggest increase of 43% since its last tally in 2017, with a total of 8,022 sheltered and unsheltered homeless people counted during a single day. Deaths in Alameda County’s unhoused communities increased 40% during the first nine months of 2020, compared to the same period the previous year.
We are grateful for our planned generosity to EOCP.
This year, because of COVID, we will be signing up to give gift cards rather than wrapped presents. The Church is taking 27 names and the Preschool is taking 26 names of the total 53 children in the EOCP programs.
Because we don’t have the list of children’s names yet, we ask that you sign up anyhow – with a name to be assigned later.
We’re recommending that you purchase a gift card with a value of $30 from either Target or Walmart, and place the card inside an envelope with a Christmas card, with the child’s name on the outside of the envelope (if we get names by 12/15), signed with your name(s) on the inside. Please do not seal the envelope. We haven’t received a date to deliver the cards yet; but please plan on dropping these off at the Preschool, no later than December 15. A box will be provided at the bottom of the stairs during school hours for this purpose. As an alternative, feel free to drop at Nancy Taylor’s: 4207 Knoll Ave., Oakland 94619. Finally, if you are unable to go out and purchase a gift card, you may write a check made out to Skyline Church with “EOCP” in the note field, mail it to the church. Nancy T will use the funds to purchase gift cards and Christmas cards and sign for you.
To sign up, please email Nancy Montier 510-531-8212 [email protected]
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