Dec 13, 2015
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Hundreds of community members attended Richmond RYSE Center’s Annual Winter Wonderland holiday celebration on Saturday, where families enjoyed free food, fun activities and a toy and shirt giveaway.

At one point at least 400 people lined up to get in the youth center, but there were likely a few hundred more who took part in the festivities, according to Richmond resident and community advocate Mike “Raccoon Eyes” Kinney, who attended with his wife KK and shared the photos and video included in this story.

In the above photo on the right, RYSE Center Executive Director Kimberly Aceves and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia posed for Kinney’s camera at the event.

The free event took place from noon to 3 p.m. at the center, 205 41st St. in Richmond.

“The purpose of this event is to bring communities together and support youth and their families in celebrating the holiday season,” according to the RYSE Center.



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.