On December 17, 2022 ACFPA hosted another smashing Christmas party for Resource Parents, including relative, foster and adoptive families, and children in Alameda County. Over 440 families and kids registered for the event. This year, the families were given the option to either drop by and pick up their gifts or walk through the event; more than 300 opted to walk through the event.
Once again this year, the First Presbyterian Church of Hayward allowed the use of their facilities and sanctuary for this wonderful celebration. Families who opted to pick up their goodies received extra large pre-packed gift bags filled with clothing, toys, books and gift cards. Those who walked through had a chance to choose their own gifts from the Toy Room. Babies and teens received Target gift cards, thanks to the generosity of New Life Church, Bay Area Chinese Bible Church and East Bay Orphan Care. There were also bags filled with cosmetics and of course, yummy sugar cookies.
In addition to the wonderful gifts, Santa was prominently displayed in the Sanctuary this year and families had a chance to take their pictures with St. Nicolas. The Sanctuary was decorated to the hilt by our wonderful volunteers and looked truly magical.
As usual, we couldn’t pull off such a fabulous celebration without the generosity of our donors and tireless work of our volunteers. These included East Bay Orphan Care, New Life Church, Chinese Bible Church of Alameda and San Leandro, Sephora, Mary Kay, Toy for Tots, First Presbyterian Church of Hayward and many individual donors who support this event every year. We are grateful to Rendy Orlando, the ACFPA Fundraising and Donations Co-chair, who led much of the volunteer effort and with her family, dedicated many hours to make this event possible, as well as Carol Graham who spent countless hours organizing the registration. Click on Gallery to see more pictures of the event.