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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 15:23



Some  200 volunteers filled the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Seven Hills Road to help Castro Valley Outreach pack hundreds of boxes that will go out to families in need on Thanksgiving.



By Robert Souza



It is Monday morning at the church on Seven Hills Road and Ray Harris has a list of things to be done by a group of some 200 volunteers who are sorting, packing and moving hundreds of boxes of food to be distributed for Thanksgiving.


During a rare pause in the hectic activity, Harris says the need for food this year for his Castro Valley Outreach project is on the rise.


“It’s the biggest need for help we have seen, but the good news is we’ve received more donations than ever, too.”


Packed with all the “fixings” for a grand Thanksgiving dinner – a turkey, stuffing, a canned ham, vegetables, pasta and cookies – the food packages were distributed yesterday to more than 150 local families.


“It’s really nice to do something for the community during the holidays,” said volunteer Nick Whitaker, as he passed a heavy box of cans to another volunteer. It was Whitaker’s fourth year of lending a hand – and some muscle – to the food drive.


Harris says it’s the dedication of people like Whitaker who return year after year that make Castro Valley Outreach such a great community effort since its start 21 years ago.


“Just take a look,” he said, gesturing toward the busy volunteers. “Castro Valley is just a great place to live.”



Call Ray Harris at 889-7743 to donate or for more information on  Castro Valley Outreach.



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