Children’s alliance brings holiday joy to local families

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More than 750 Yolo County families received holiday meals, children’s jackets, blankets, socks and more thanks to the Community Giveaway Day that took place in West Sacramento on Saturday.

The 15th annual event, hosted by the Yolo County Children’s Alliance in partnership with the Yolo Food Bank and Mercy Coalition, served families from West Sacramento and Clarksburg.

But this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families didn’t fill an auditorium to select items; instead, social distancing requirements led to a drive-in event, where volunteers filled the cars of participating families.

“We feel extremely fortunate that we were able to continue this event, especially during these trying times,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of the children’s alliance.

“Now more than ever, the families that YCCA serves need our help, and the support of the community, to make it through this challenging period,” said Villegas.

“The hard work of our staff and partners made this event a success, with another huge Thank You to our amazing sponsors. Year after year, these organizations and individuals donate not only their time, but supplies and direct funding for this essential event.”

This year alone, the Yolo Food Bank donated more than 600 holiday meal kits.

Other donors supplied services, masks, time and funding, including the Washington Unified School District, Sacramento Covered, the City of West Sacramento, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, MBK Engineers, Nugget Markets, First 5 Yolo, and Maria Simas and Chris Ledesma.

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