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December 4, 2012 > Help Bring Holiday Cheer to Seniors and Families

Help Bring Holiday Cheer to Seniors and Families

Submitted By Nisha Kalra

The Holiday Season is just around the corner, and with your support, the City of Fremont's Human Services Department is looking for donations, sponsors and volunteers to assist 50 needy families being served by the Family Resource Center and the Youth and Family Services Division and 150 older adults being served through the department's Senior Services Division.

Adopt A Family/Senior started as an employee giving holiday program in the City of Fremont's Human Services Department. Quickly the program, now in its 14th year, evolved to a community effort to help families and seniors during the holiday. With the goal of assisting families and seniors during difficult economic times in their lives, by providing gift cards that supply necessities such as food, jackets, medicine and working utilities during the winter; as well as toys to children to make their holidays as joyous as our own.

With your help this holiday season, we have already had a successful Movie Night at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and Benefit Concert. A longtime volunteer coordinator for Adopt A Family/Senior, Nicki Bouton of Fremont continually advocates for the program, saying:

"Those of us already involved are finding that it is boosting our own spirits to help others. For our neighbors who don't have family, resources or support, the impact is truly overwhelming."

Last year we raised $60,000 in cash and in-kind goods and services, this year we hope to do the same! We welcome your contributions, big or small. You can help make a difference! We will accept donations through Wednesday, December 12 by mail and electronically all year long. Please remember if your company provides a corporate match, you can help us reach our goal twice as fast.

Make checks payable to "City of Fremont" or, if you wish to be matched with a senior or family to help complete a holiday "wish list," contact Monica Dominguez at (510) 574-2057 or mdominguez@fremont.gov.

Beginning December 15, you will also be able to make your pledge electronically, by accessing the City of Fremont website at www.fremont.gov/HSDonate.

If you are a business, organization or city department and wish to provide a "group contribution" remember, an itemized list of contributors' names and amounts will allow us to provide each person with a letter for tax purposes.

Because families and seniors in our community have needs all year long, the Human Services Department has established the Urgent Need Fund which gives our social workers, nurses and counselors access to emergency funds for crisis situations which may arise unexpectedly. Contributions to this fund may be made during the holidays, or at any time during the year.

Thank you for your support! For more information about how to participate or contribute, please contact Monica Dominguez at Human Services (510) 574-2057 or mdominguez@fremont.gov.

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