December 22, 2017; San Leandro, California: Friday, December 22nd, Davis Street Family Resource Center resembled the North Pole on Christmas Eve! More than 100 staff and volunteers from throughout the community handed out food baskets and toys to 1,005 families in need.
Setup for the 47th Annual Davis Street Holiday Basket Program began at 6:30am to prepare for the 1,005 families enrolled in the program. Families received a basket containing a complete holiday meal—including: a turkey, fresh produce and all the fixings. Children enrolled in the program received new age appropriate toys or gift cards thanks to the community.
Alameda County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, San Leandro Rotary Club, Give Something Back, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and other community volunteers distributed food and toys to families in need. With the donation of over 700 toys from BART, Davis Street was able to provide food and toys to 1,005 families including 215 seniors and 1,803 children.
“For over two decades, Alameda County Fire Department has ensured local children get new toys. Rising housing costs is just one reason families to turn to us for help. This year we served families who were once donors—that says a lot!” Rose Padilla Johnson, Chief Executive Officer
About Davis Street Holiday Basket Program
For 47 years, Davis Street, in collaboration with the Alameda County Fire Department, San Leandro Police Officers Association, local schools, clubs, faith-based communities, and businesses, has provided food baskets to more than 1,000 families throughout San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, and Castro Valley. The Holiday Basket Program provides families, and seniors with a holiday feast, a turkey, fresh produce, seasonal goods, and new toys and gift cards for the children. Thanks to the Bikes for Tykes, over 500 children also will receive a new bike and helmet this year!
About Davis Street
Serving more than 15,000 individuals annually, Davis Street helps low-income families of the Eden area and surrounding communities to improve their quality of life through short and long-term assistance. Today, Davis Street is a comprehensive safety net that assist clients to navigate their journey in financial, physical, and mental well-being. Davis Street programs include a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Primary Care Clinic providing medical, dental and behavioral health services; food and clothing; subsidized child care; housing and utility assistance and referrals; and five childcare centers.