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Christmas in Richmond organizers need help providing for the needy on Dec. 25

By Chris Treadway
Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 at 4:50 pm in El Cerrito, Kensington, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo.

Christmas in Richmond is a tradition that since 2005 has delivered food, presents and warm clothing to the city’s destitute on Christmas day.
The effort, which now has nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, was started by Burgundie Spears, then a college student who wanted to give back to her community.
Spears, her mother, Edna Campbell, and sister, Aaliyah Washington, have continued the tradition of devoting their Christmas to helping others, but they are making a last-minute appeal for community assistance to make this year’s event possible.
This year’s distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Richmond Senior Center and at the Nevin Community Center.
Christmas in Richmond has the following wish list for anyone who can lend a hand:

Bicycles
Blankets
Toys For All Ages​
Gift Cards
Gift Wrapping Paper
Clothes (new and/or slightly worn)
Shoes (new and/or slightly worn)
Non-perishable food
Toiletries
Roller Racks
Roller Bags
Backpacks
Gift Bags
To Go Food Containers (1000)
Eating Utensils
Napkins​
Hand Sanitizer
Bottle Water (40 cases)
Cups
Foil
Donations can be brought to the Courtyard Mariott Hotel at 3150 Garrity Way by Hilltop mall from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, or Spears can be reached at 510-932-6817 for more information. The Christmas in Richmond website is www.christmasinrichmond.org.

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