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Alameda’s Midway Shelter Needs Coats & More

Some local runners and Alamedans are set to collect coats for women and children staying at the Midway Shelter.

The collection will take place this Saturday night, January 23, at the Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., when members of the East Bay Front Runners & Walkers will meet at the German pub and restaurant for a membership meeting.

Michael Collier, an Alameda native, says the group’s board is meeting there and also will be collecting coats, jackets, scarves, hats, sweaters, gloves, mittens and other winter items for women and their family members staying at Alameda’s Midway Shelter.

The EBFRW has been working with One Warm Coat to donate to the organization.

If you can’t drop off items on Saturday, the group will try and leave a box for donations to be dropped off over the weekend.

EBFRW is a group of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgenders and friends who get together to run and walk in scenic locations on the east side of San Francisco Bay every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. On the first Saturday of the month, the group meets at Veterans Court on the Bay Farm side of the Bay Farm Island Bridge.

As for Saturday’s event, close to 50 people have RSVP’d; so the gathering should be a lot of fun, and the coat drive should be quite successful.

Also of note, EBFRW also donates athletic shoes to give to homeless shelters and hospitals.

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To follow up on yesterday’s news: The Alameda County Coroner’s Office released the name of the young adult who was found in the estuary off Grand Street early Wednesday and died several hours later at Alameda Hospital - Ryan Kevin Devine, 24.

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Giving a Holiday or Year-Round Delight

Yolanda, the owner of Shear Delight & More salon and children’s clothing store, is wrapping up her 11th annual toy drive for kids staying at the Midway Shelter for abused women and their families.

This year, collections haven’t been as great as in years past. So, if you still have time to buy a toy — especially for kids 4 and younger — go ahead and drop it off unwrapped at 1505 Park Street.

One special item needed by those staying at Midway are nightlights that have Disney or other kid-friendly characters on them.

Cash and other monetary donations are also taken for the shelter. “Some people have justed walked in to give us $100 after going to the bank,” Yolanda said.

Yolanda sells pre-used cloths to moms and others in need. And she donates her overflow to the shelther each two weeks. Some of the clothing is also given to young mothers who are attending Alameda or Encinal high schools.

The consignment shop gives some store credit to those community members who donate clothes and other items to the shop.

Shear Delight & More has lots more than clothing on its shelves. There’s makeup and hair products, and the salon offers a full array of spa and other services, like haircuts and facials.

And if the holidays of ’09-10 are too hectic, try and stop  by during the year with donations or play to join next year’s toy drive.

Thanks, Yolanda, for keeping the holiday spirit alive day after day, month after month and year after year.