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The Lighted Yacht Parade partners with The Oakland Firefighters Random Acts and the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Participants and spectators are encouraged to donate food, new unwrapped toys, or money at designated drop sites located at Encinal Yacht Club and Oakland Yacht Club. These donations go a long way toward providing food and toys to deserving kids and families during the holiday season.

Oakland Firefighters Random Acts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with a simple aim – to help Firefighters give something extra back to the communities in which they work. The organization provides a central location where Firefighters can request funds and resources to create a Random Act when they see people in need within the community and on their 911 calls. Donated toys are used throughout the year and distributed by Firefighters to children at Christmas and when they visit Children's Hospital and Kaiser Pediatric Department. Additionally, the organization supports the community with its Random Act of Reading Program, Citizen Hero Program, and Books and Balls Program.

Random Acts is a proud recipient of such honors as the National Community Service Award from Firehouse Magazine, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, The National Federation of Fire Chaplains Host Award, and the City of Oakland Mayor's Proclamation “Oakland Firefighters Random Acts Day.” For more information go to their website at www.ofrandomacts.org or contact Secretary/Treasurer, Cindy Chin, at (510) 465 8422.

Alameda County Community Food Bank's mission is to alleviate hunger by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in need, educating the public, and promoting public policies that address hunger and its root causes.

Since 1985, the Alameda County Community Food Bank has helped people in need. As Alameda County's central clearinghouse for donated food, the Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food, 12 million of which is fresh produce during FY 2011-2012.

Through a network of 275 community based organizations, including food pantries and soup kitchens, the Food Bank provides food assistance to 49,000 people each week, including low-income and working poor adults, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, abuse survivors, people living with AIDS, and the homeless.

In addition to food distribution, the Food Bank educates the community about the causes of hunger and poverty, advocates for policies that would improve the lives of low-income people and operates an emergency food referral hotline (1-800-870-3663 (FOOD) in Alameda County). For more information go to their website at www.accfb.org.


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