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Many thanks to those individuals and groups how have contributed to Midway Shelter for abused women and their children. A number of the listed donors have contributed several times during November.

I would like to thank Ann Casper & Mark Irons, Gabrielle Dolphin & Alan Pryor, The Pipkin/McGrath family, Lynn Faris, Jordan Hagaman, Stephanie Paula, Virginia Krutilek and James Lenoir. Midway Shelter would also like to thank Annie Kersting, Jay Dawson, Lois Pryor, Tomorr Haxamali, Kay Fraser, Carol Gerdes, David Hewitt, Cynthia Stewart, Roger & Judith Ecker and Dianne Richmond.

Many thanks also go to: Robert & Rochelle Pola, Ed & Marion Kofman, Elizabeth Rogers, Cathy & Noel Folsom, Constance Harvey, Joan Harris, Donald Kelley & Susan Getman, Donna Porter, and Beverly Church. November donors also included: Susan Osanna, Malyon Booth, Nadine Barbera, Louis Rembrandt, Alana & Hubert Luchtman, Bill & Judy Norton, Sean & Ellen Rhatigan, Kathy Rosenblum, Dale M. Price, the Alameda Christian Reformed Church and Kaye J. Fitzsimons.

Lastly, Midway Shelter would like to thank Denine Keltner, Marian Williams, David Barkley, Craig Valentine, Anonymous I, Gloria Nolan, Ann Rockwell & Stephen Gehrett and Larry Mar.

To see your name in the December’s list of donors, send checks to Alameda Homeless Network P.O. Box 951, Alameda, CA 94501. For further information go to www.midwayshelter.org.

— Ginny Krutilek

The Friends of the Alameda Free Library would like to extend our thanks to everyone who made our Big Sale at the O’Club, Oct. 21 to 23, a huge success. We want to thank the citizens of Alameda for donating books from their personal library collections; we could not have produced this sale without their year-round donations. Thanks also to the many shoppers who purchased 14,000 books during the weekend sale.

Putting on the Big Book Sale requires thousands of hours from volunteers. More than 130 volunteers worked on the book sale team. Thank you all. We are grateful for the support we received from the young men and women from the Coast Guard.

This year, we received help from the Marines and Naval personnel from the Naval Operations Support Center on Clement. We are so grateful for your service. Finally, we would like to thank the Alameda Recreation and Park Department for providing the use of the O’Club to hold this event.

We sold 14,000 books and raised $20,000! These funds will be used to support many programs at the Alameda Free Library. Our deepest thanks to everyone involved.

— Karen Butter, President, Friends of the Alameda Free Library

Alameda Community:
My name is Maria and I am a 12-year-old student in Alameda; and a five-year member of the Alameda Boys & Girls Club. I would like to share with you why the Club and your support is so vital to kids like myself.

I first joined the Alameda Boys & Girls Club in the summer after third grade thinking “it is so big in here!” I was welcomed by smiling faces and shown an area where I would spend most of my hours — the Technology Lab. I began playing Minecraft: Education Edition where I learned skills such as architecture, digital arts, coding and computer science. I loved every second of it.

I quickly realized, after attending almost every day after school and during summers, that the club was where I wanted to be outside of school time. It also became my parents’ affordable and reliable choice for where my brother Chrishan and I would be when they were working.

The club is helping me gain valuable leadership skills through my participation in the Torch Club as Treasurer. As a club officer, we plan fundraisers and educational field trips for our members. I also love continuing to learn things I wouldn’t be able to anywhere else, like:

· Learning how to work a sound board in the Club’s Recording Studio

· Growing and harvesting produce from Italo’s Garden to make into healthy snacks

· Learning about space and astrophysics – something I want to pursue after high school!

I truly believe the Alameda Boys & Girls Club is preparing me for my future. I feel supported by great mentors, inspired by new topics, and, most importantly, I have so much fun in a safe environment for kids.

I am proud to share my experiences in the hopes you will consider making a gift to the club — to help kids in our community, like me, have a place where they can learn new and exciting skills they will take with them in their future. We are lucky to be introduced to activities we will be able to pursue when we are older and wouldn’t be able to without the support of our community.

Thank you for helping ensure my Great Future Starts Here!

Because of generous donors, the Alameda Boys & Girls Club offers a yearly membership for only $100 for kids ages 6-12, and a free yearly membership for teens ages 13-18.

To donate to the Alameda Boys & Girls club, visit https://givebutter.com/alameda.

— Maria H.

Editor’s Note: This letter was originally published in an Alameda Boys & Girls Club newsletter.