For future reference, before donating to the Season of Sharing charity, if you wish your donation dollars to stay in/help those in Tri Valley area FIND ANOTHER CHARITY.
Season of Sharing donations are sent to and administered by a silicon valley group. Receipents must meet requirements to get any help...must have someone under age of 18 living with you; must be receiving disability/aid; your situation must be sustainable i.e. you can maintain after onetime help. Not everyone that needs help falls in these categories. Now that i know the perimeters and that donations do not stay in our community, I will look for another charity to donated to.