What a wild day and half. Soon after the robbery of toys, blankets and some food was reported the word went out that the Friends of Oakley needed some help to make this year’s Christmas Basket Program as successful as the previous years. News of the robbery spread quickly via T.V. and newsprint and today’s source of news – the social media, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the blogosphere, reaching beyond our local boundaries to tell the story of the day the Grinch tried to steal Christmas from those most in need in Oakley. However, unlike the Dr. Seuss story I don’t think this Christmas thief will be returning what was taken.
The response has been incredible. Tuesday night while we were waiting for KTVU to drop by Mike’s Beef and Brew the patrons donated $375.00. When I got home Tuesday night emails of support were waiting this continued throughout the day on Wednesday. Some from local residents, others from throughout the Bay Area and one from a retired school teacher living in North Carolina, all wanting to donate their time, toys and food and money. The Oriental Carpet in Menlo Park is hosting a fundraiser on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/theorientalcarpet . They will be donating $5 for every new Facebook fan that “likes” their page until December 16. With this kind of help and support, and more on the way, the gloom left by Tuesday’s robbery is starting to dissipate.
Wednesday afternoon the Friends received a very surprising and wonderful email from the Wells Fargo Foundation informing us that they will be contributing $4,000 to the Friends of Oakley to help in our holiday efforts. That was soon followed by an email from Oakley Disposal with a donation of $2,000 as well.
To everyone that has offered us support in our moment of crisis the Friends of Oakley sends their sincere thanks for the efforts being made to provide a blissful Christmas to those needing a little help. There are some wonderful people living among us probably your neighbor.