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December 10, 2013 > Holiday giving with Abode

Holiday giving with Abode

Submitted By Katie Derrig

Your holiday season to-do list probably contains items like planning celebratory meals, selecting special gifts for the people you love, and getting your favorite decorations out of storage.

And, like many people this time of year, you may have another to-do item: sharing the spirit of the season with people in our community who are in need.

Abode Services provides housing, shelter, and services to more than 4,000 children and adults who are homeless and very low-income. For these families, who struggle with providing even basic needs for their children, any kind of holiday celebration can seem sadly out of reach.

Your donation to Abode Services can change that, and create a joyful holiday for a child or adult in AbodeÕs programs. Pick up a few $25 gift cards while youÕre out doing your holiday shopping. Pre-loaded Clipper, BART, or bus cards are another great choice for working parents and children traveling to school. Put together a gift basket of small, handy supplies that will brighten someoneÕs day.

If you visit AbodeÕs website, youÕll find a holiday wish list of other items Ð from new socks to art supplies to dishware Ð that make great gifts for the participants in their programs. All in-kind donations can be delivered to Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter, 588 Brown Road in Fremont.

Best of all, because of a generous challenge match from the Sobrato Family Foundation, new or increased gifts will be matched Ð making your donation go twice as far this holiday season!

If you have any questions about these giving opportunities, please contact Community Outreach Director Jean Morgan at (510) 657-7409 ext. 804 or

For more information on Abode Services, visit:

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