To qualify, recipients must be Oakland residents and income eligible (listed below)
“Aaron and I love this event. It reminds us of what the season is supposed to be about –giving thanks, sharing and caring,” said Brooks.
Each turkey basket will be filled with all the trimmings for 1,000 Oakland families to make their Thanksgiving meal, she said.
This event is family oriented, with both Goodwin’s and Brooks’ families, their church families and community partners pitching in to assemble and distribute the baskets.
“In times like these, if we look out for each other, we can weather any storm,” said Goodwin.
Brooks and Goodwin started adopting Oakland families five years ago when they recognized a growing need in the community. Many friends and neighbors are finding it difficult to make ends meet, said Goodwin.
To be eligible to receive a holiday basket, people must be an Oakland resident; have a family income that is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level during the last 30 days; or be unemployed.
To sign up, bring or fax proof of residency and proof of income to one of the following locations no later than Nov. 9. Only those who provide all the required documentation are eligible for a basket. Only one holiday basket per household.
Sign up at one of these Locations:
Office of Councilwoman Desley Brooks, City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, (510) 238-7006, (510) 986-2650 (fax); Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center, 7701 Krause St., Oakland, (510) 615-5755, (510) 615-5882 (fax);
Rainbow Recreation Center, 5700 International Blvd., Oakland, (510) 615-5751, (510) 636-1562 (fax); New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church, 1028 W. Grand Ave., (510) 836-1916; First A.M.E. Church, 3701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 655-1527, (510) 655-1521 (fax);
Manzanita Recreation Center, 2701 East 27th St., Oakland, (510) 535-5625; East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International Blvd., Oakland, (510) 569-8088, (510) 632-6942 (fax).