Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - December 24, 2010

Give to the Holiday Fund

Sunset Creek Lane neighbors did

by Jeb Bing

Jacqueline and Audriana Templeman and their friend Hayden Jolley wanted to help those in need during the holiday season so they sold some of the gifts they already had in a neighborhood fundraiser.

The result: $17, which they brought to the Pleasanton Weekly as a contribution to the 2010 Holiday Fund.

"They really wanted to be a part of helping others, so they went door to door to other Sunset Creek Lane homes to sell their gifts and raise the money," said Donna Templeman, mother of Jacqueline and Audriana.

The contribution helped raise the Holiday Fund total to $71,358, with this year's goal set at $100,000.

A banner on Main Street promoting the fund and a sign on the Pleasanton Weekly's offices at 5506 Sunol Blvd. also have brought contributors to the door. That's good news for the five beneficiaries of this year's campaign: Axis Community Health, Open Heart Kitchen, Hope Hospice, the Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center at ValleyCare and the Valley Humane Society.

With charitable contributions lagging across the country due to a sluggish economy, these organizations need help from the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund more than ever. An added advantage of contributing to the Holiday Fund is that for every dollar given, the Tri-Valley Community Foundation matches it with another dollar. That means the $17 donated by Jacqueline, Audriana and Hayden has doubled, making their contribution $34, a welcome gift from the folks on Sunset Creek Lane.

Besides the matching funds, every dollar contributed goes to the beneficiaries. All administrative costs are covered by the Pleasanton Weekly. Unlike contributions that may go to national organizations where administrative costs can skim 15-20% off the top, every dollar contributed here stays here.

Also, funds contributed to national charities often don't make their way back here again to the Tri-Valley or even California. Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley are not on anyone's list as a demographic area in need of public aid. But some here are. Unemployment is just as severe here as in other parts of the region. Even many with jobs have taken pay cuts and severe reductions in their health care plans. They need our help and Axis Community Health and Open Heart Kitchen are among the charitable agencies that are meeting those needs.

Along with a list of donors, this week's Pleasanton Weekly also carries a contributor's form. If you haven't given already, Jacqueline, Audriana and Hayden and their neighbors hope you'll do what they did and contribute.

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