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“Help Us Help Our Neighbors” through the Fair Oaks Community Center

Good afternoon –

I want to share with you a note from the manager of Redwood City’s Fair Oaks Community Center (FOCC).

As many of you may know, FOCC provides some critically important resources to the community – a wide variety of human services such as homelessness assessment and referral, basic forms, translations, and legal assistance, a mobile health clinic, emergency food and housing, crisis intervention, senior services, and much more. The staff there, and the many social services agencies which are under the roof at FOCC, work diligently to help the underserved and those in most need in our community.

During this holiday season, FOCC is an even more vital resource for those in need. Please read below to learn how your small contribution can make a huge difference in a family’s life, and help them to share in the holiday spirit.

Thank you,

~ Malcolm

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing to invite you to join with the Fair Oaks Community Center in assisting families in need in our community.  During the holidays and throughout the year, we provide vital resources to several thousand individual households who are struggling to survive in our high cost economy.  One of our programs is our monthly Family Harvest Food Program offered through a partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank.  Families receive groceries each month including fresh eggs, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.  Some of the families (names have been changed to protect client confidentiality) who are participating in that program include:

– The Carillo Family.  Dad works full time and mom is a stay at home mom caring for their 5 children ages 2-14 years.  The family shares a two bedroom apartment with another family so they can keep their housing costs to $600 a month.  Getting extra food each month helps them to keep food on the table for their family of 7.

– The Orellana Family.  Dad and mom both work to support their family of three.  Because both work at low paying jobs, they still have difficulty making ends meet.  Being a part of our monthly food program helps them to be able to pay their bills and maintain a stable living situation.

– The Martinez Family.  Dad had been working steadily until April of 2011.  When his work hours dropped, they came to the community center to sign-up for the monthly food program.  Prior to this, the family had only come one other time to sign up for our Annual Toy Program.  Our program helps families like the Martinez’ through these tough economic times.

This holiday we are providing families like the Carillo’s, the Orellana’s, and the Martinez’ with an extra grocery certificate for their holiday meal.

Please help us in this effort.  A $25 contribution helps provide grocery certificates to one family for Christmas.  A $50 helps provide grocery certificates for two families for Christmas.  A $100 contribution helps us provide food certificates, transportation, and other emergency assistance throughout the year.

In addition, through our partnership with Redwood City Pal, the Redwood City Police and Fire Departments, and the generous donation of a local family and their friends, we are also able to offer toys for children and Christmas trees to 500 families including all of the families in our monthly food program.

Please help us this year with a contribution to the Fair Oaks Holiday Appeal.

Checks for the Fair Oaks Holiday Fund can be sent with the form below to:

Fair Oaks Community Center Holiday Appeal
Attention: Hector Avila
2600 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063

Thank you in advance for your support.  May the upcoming holidays be a special time of celebration for you and your family.

Sincerely,

Teri Chin
Redwood City Human Services Manager

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Fair Oaks Community Center Holiday Appeal

Please print and attach the form below with your check for the Fair Oaks Community Center Holiday Appeal, and send to:

Fair Oaks Community Center Holiday Appeal
Attention: Hector Avila
2600 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063

Your Name:
Street Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
Phone:
E-mail:

Enclosed is my contribution to the Fair Oaks Community Center Holiday Appeal (please check one)

$25 will provide a grocery certificate for one family for Christmas.

$50 will provide grocery certificates for two families for Christmas.

$100 will provide grocery certificates, transportation, and other emergency assistance throughout the year.

Other amount to support the Fair Oaks Community Center Holiday Appeal.

 

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