A thousand West Sac residents helped

One-year old Neaveh looks snug alongside her mother, Amber Moses, after the pair received some donated items.


About 250 families totaling about 1,000 West Sacramento residents turned up Saturday for the annual “Community  Giveaway Day” held on Saturday at the Westfield Village Elementary School campus.

The event started at 8 a.m. — but people started lining up on the drizzly day as early as 2:30 a.m., reports spokesperson Lori Aldrete.

About 150 volunteers came from organizations such as River City and Christian Brothers high schools, Our Lady of Grace, Kaiser Permanente, St. Joseph’s and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.

The local Grocery Outlet provided food for 500 family meal bags, each with a ham. Sutter Health donated $6,000, and was joined by a number of other sponsors.

Guests look through bins of donated clothes (info and photos from Lori Aldrete, Aldrete Communications)

Organizers gave away $3,000 worth of toys, 300 new coats, and 150 used coats.

“Each year, thanks to our generous sponsors, dedicated and cheerful volunteers, and the wonderful and grateful families coming to the event, we end the day exhausted but grateful to be a part of such a heartwarming event to support our community,” said Katie Villegas of the Children’s Alliance in a press statement.

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