|Teamsters Local 853 membership meeting.|
Our Teamster sisters from Teamster Local 853 in San Leandro, Calif., raised $1,200 at their last meeting and spent it all at Costco. They bought diapers, food, toothpaste, gloves, pillows and sleeping bags. Then they hauled it all to the social services center.
Inside Bay Area reported on our Teamster sisters:
Pertrena Coleman wore a big smile as she watched members of the Teamsters Local 853 women's committee Sisters in Solitary unload three SUVs filled with food, clothing, blankets and other necessities to give struggling families a head start for the holidays.
Coleman is a social services worker who runs the Eastmont Garden of Hope project at Alameda's County Social Services Agency's Eastmont Self Sufficiency Center. On Monday, the center was full of Sisters in Solitary who wheeled in carts packed with much needed supplies that Coleman and several volunteers will distribute to social services clients.
"This big donation has helped us a lot," she said. "We get donations on a daily basis, but we service over 400 people a month. The donations are really needed from the community."
The Sisters in Solidarity, which started two years ago, is among the biggest donors for the Eastmont Garden of Hope project.Sister Stacy Alvelais said they tried to cover all bases. Sister Pamela Talavera said her goal was to help out because she'd been on the street herself.
Proud of you, sisters!
Thanks to Brother Terry Post for sharing this with us.
And remember: THUGGS stands for 'those helpful union guys and gals.'