Food of God knows that our guests have needs beyond food. That is why for the 3rd year we invited members of the community to donate items for our holiday gift bags. Food of God volunteers filled the 100 bags during our Fill-A-Bag gathering at Plymouth Church. There was a wonderful sense of community as the volunteers filled the bags from the teeming tables. We are especially grateful to the modest congregation of San Lorenzo Community Church in San Lorenzo, CA, for collecting socks on their altar for the weeks leading up to our event.
On December 17 we distributed clothing, including handmade scarves and hats, toiletries, dental supplies, ponchos, and personal hygiene items. For children, Food of God donated games, stuffed animals, warm clothing, school supplies, and books. Local stores helped provide these gifts. The bags themselves were generously donated by the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB). Our guests, who didn’t expect to receive such items from a feeding program, were touched. For many of our guests these gifts were the only ones they received during the holiday season. To view more photos of this event, please visit our Facebook page.