Posted by Charity begins at home, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 11, 2008 at 10:58 pm
I have worked with Open Heart Kitchen and know that they are a vital part of our TriValley area.
Sometimes we can forget about the individuals and families that don't always have enough money each day for food. The places that have the meals with Open Heart Kitchen don't ask for a name, income, or a donation. They let people come in and eat without questions or comments.
Many of the folks that need a place like Open Heart Kitchen are the same people that work the hard labor and unattractive jobs in our cities that keep our lifestyles nice. They wash the dishes, mow the yards, clean the hotel rooms, and do alot of things that we wouldn't be willing to do.
These families are trying to raise their own children in a place where $110,000 is the average income and they make a third of that amount.
Please donate to this great organization!!
They take credit cards via the internet from their website at www.openheartkitchen.org.
If you can't donate cash, consider volunteering with them. It's also getting tougher to get people to volunteer their time because more and more are going back to work themselves to help with their own household bills.
If you have a garden or a fruit tree, consider giving an extras that might go to waste to this group. They will use in the meals or give to people to take home.
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Nov 12, 2008 at 2:02 am
We see worthwhile organizations such as this practically begging for aid, then, we see on TV, or read in the print media, where the politicians are bailing out crooks in the banking/loan industry with big, big bucks(Now the "Big Three" auto manufacturers have their hands out). Makes one wonder when the "Send me to Washington. I'll look out for your interest" becomes a reality...
McNerney is supposedly here on weekends walking around "consulting" with his constituency. Anyone with access more than "I hear what you're saying"??? Let's see if he's more than just "words to get elected"...
My family has donated to several "leave it on your steps" food drives, we'll see what we can do to help this organization...
Posted by jeanne, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Nov 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm
I spoke with Weathers today and Open Heart Kitchen is also taking donations of canned, dryed food,pasta and fresh produce you can check their web site at www.openheartkitchen.org for locations to drop off. We recently had an open house at my home and I asked people to bring food donations for Open Heart.
Posted by Janet Pelletier, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm
Nancy, yes, you are correct. Donations have been coming in the past few days with news of the possible shutdown, which has helped Open Heart's situation, but the nonprofit is still in need, hence the emergency fundraiser.
Posted by Too Bad, a resident of the Jensen Tract neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2008 at 10:56 am
Too bad Stacey and Julie of Vintage Hills care more about gay marraige than they do about hungry seniors and children. And yes, I have donated my time, money and organizational skills to Open Heart already.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:06 am
That might be a reason for you to not like me, but I don't know if that's Too Bad's motive.
Julie and I saw the gay marriage issue as one of equal rights and we stuck strongly to the constitutional principles that this country was founded upon that we both highly value. If sticking to a set of principles can be called "attitude", I'll gladly wear that badge.