By: Samuel Chua
With all the bad news happening around the country, we often miss the positive and inspirational stories that is happening in our community. Well I’m here to remind you that there is good news.
As part of their community outreach efforts, members of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office as well as recruits in the current academy surprised one very brave girl. 9 year-old Sophie Strong from Gilroy has been battling stage 4 brain cancer since December 2016 and has suffered a few setbacks in recent months. Inspired by her story on Instagram, Jeanette Nunes, a technician at the sheriff’s office wanted to do something special for Sophie. Together with the current recruits in the academy class, they raised more than 6000 dollars to surprise Sophie to an all-expense paid trip to Disneyland for Sophie and her entire family. This was all made possible by the heroes in our community.
A local food bank is about to begin a major expansion as new data finds that hunger is still an ongoing problem in the bay area. The San Francisco Marin Food Bank has reached capacity both at its long-time warehouse in San Francisco’s Dogpatch and at a building in Novato it has been leasing to serve Marin county as they continue to improve their services. New reports show that low income residents in San Francisco and Marin missed over 35 million meals in 2017, down from a high of 62 million in 2013. However, 35 million is still a high number and in order to lower the number of missed meals, they are now adding 28 thousand square feet of warehouse space and renovating their facility in San Rafael to serve more people in need. The work is expected to be done by the summer of 2021 and the cost of both projects is around 40 million dollars.
Also, one hundred Marin city kids received a surprise Saturday that made them very happy. Students from Bayside MLK Academy in Marin county each received a pair of Nike shoes. These shoes came courtesy of the group Hav a sole, from Los Angeles. The academy reached out to the community group and said that they were happy to come through with these gifts for the kids. The group has a contract with Nike to provide new shoes to underserved communities. The academy says it hopes that the giveaway will become an annual event.