Stepping out of the darkness and into the light

Donations will help the Bay Area Rescue Mission provide 20,000 meals for those in need of food during a six-week period. Meals are served 365 days per year to residents in the nonprofit’s shelters and to unhoused people in the area and those on the verge of being homeless.

St. Vincent de Paul volunteer won’t stop giving back

Donations will help St. Vincent De Paul of Contra Costa County provide $75 holiday food-gift cards to 200 needy families — about 800 people — struggling to pay for basic items — milk, diapers, fresh produce or ingredients for special holiday meals.