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Mayor's wish list: Volunteers with the giving spirit

Original post made on Nov 28, 2011

It is easy to assume that all Palo Altans are well off, but as evidenced by the nearly 500 people who were provided free Thanksgiving meals last week, many in our community need help. The good news is that there are non-profit community organizations doing great work for those most in need in Palo Alto, and here are a few ways that you too can help.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 28, 2011, 10:50 AM

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Posted by Carroll Harrington
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 28, 2011 at 11:42 am

As usual, Sid is right on the money...and it doesn't take a lot or any money to follow some of his tips. Pick up the phone or click on one of the links above, and you are on your way to making life better for someone else!

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Posted by Not Everyone's Mayor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Interesting that the "good mayor" did not include the VA Hospital, where some of our nation's brave men and women are recuperating from various medical situations.

Former soldiers, sailors and marines need our respect, and consideration, at all times--but especially during the Holidays. Sadly, this mayor did not seem to think of them when suggesting what a "Stanford Professor" should do with his spare time.

Once again, not exactly "on the money" for this special interest front man.

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Posted by Sid Espinosa
a resident of University South
on Nov 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm

@Not Everyone's Mayor -- Thank you for highlighting the needs of our veterans. Having been to the VA several times in the past few weeks, and having spoken extensively with vets and administrators there, I couldn't agree more that this is a community of need within Palo Alto. Word limitations on guest opinions meant that I excluded mention of kids at Ronald McDonald House, seniors at Avenidas, vets at the VA, and other groups in town. Perhaps that was a mistake. Thank you for raising this concern. I do hope that people will hear your call and support the VA. For more information visit: Web Link

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Posted by Jeff Rensch
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thanks to you Sid. Well said.

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Posted by Joe Baldwin
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

Thanks to our Mayor for his thoughtful Guest Opinion, his call
for each of us to help our neighbors, and for his prompt and apt response to his accusatory critic. In my forty years here we've had some outstanding Mayors; none more so than Sid Espinosa.

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Posted by Sandy Peters
a resident of Professorville
on Nov 29, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Thank you for pointing out the services of the Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto. For 55 years the all volunteer staff has worked to assure that approximately 99% of all donations collected (minimal overhead for paper and postage!) ends up in the hands of those people most in need in the Palo Alto community. The Bureau accepts confidential referrals of individuals and families in need from social services agencies, schools, churches, temples and other community agencies.  The all volunteer staff eliminates duplications by serving as a central clearing house.  The Bureau mails a holiday greeting with a check to referred families and individuals who are residents of the Palo Alto community. In December of 2010, they mailed 1,169 checks to people in need.

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