Organizers of two neighborhood holiday food drives have collected more than 800 pounds of food for those in need.
The annual Christmas light show on Queen Anne Court brought in 800 pounds of non-perishable food items alone, along with more than $1,900 in cash donations for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, resident William Scalice said.
Donations were collected from Dec. 14 through Dec. 22.
This holiday season’s donations yielded more than 500 pounds than the previous year. In 2011, the residents collected more than 235 pounds of food and more than $1,200, Scalice told Patch last year.
Scalice expressed gratitude for the community’s generosity.
“On behalf of all the residents of Queen Anne Court, we would like to thank the community for their great support,” Scalice said.
Residents in the Tamarack Knolls Neighborhood Watch group also held a holiday light display and food drive to benefit the Tri-City Volunteers.
“We chose the Tri-City Volunteers because we have neighbors who use their services. They have a thrift store where you can also donate items or shop. They also have a variety of programs … and it is all volunteer run,” said Kathy Lesher, one of the food drive’s organizers.
Though she didn’t have an estimate in pounds, Lesher said “it was a lot of food.”
According to Lesher and fellow resident Kathy Miedema, the neighborhood collected nearly three large barrels of canned goods. The local Girl Scouts troop also collected five bags of donations while caroling. Residents also donated about 80 pounds of rice and beans.
“Next year we hope to set up a tent out there and collect donations in person, which makes a big difference,” Miedema said.
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