Amid the tragedies and hardships wrought by a worldwide pandemic in a tumultuous year, generous East Bay Times readers reached deep into their pockets to help neighbors in need.
Readers have contributed a record-breaking $482,134 so far to this news organization’s annual Share the Spirit campaign — which highlighted the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on so many lives — benefiting nonprofits in Contra Costa and Alameda counties that provide critical services to the less fortunate.
That’s $216,490 more than last year, and the deadline for giving isn’t over, said Tom Tamura of the Contra Costa Crisis Center, which administers the program.
“We are actually quite blown away by the level of generosity,” Tamura said. “It’s just astounding when you know times are tough and people are still digging deep.”
Sharon Ryan, publisher of the Bay Area News Group, also marveled at the support. “The overwhelming response from our subscribers and readers to this year’s campaign is a testament to the giving nature of the Bay Area,” Ryan said. “I am pleased that we were able to use our voice to help support community members in need.”