Thanksgiving gift card giveaway set for Hilltop Mall

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Hilltop Mall is located at 2200 Hilltop Mall Road in Richmond, Calif.

By Mike Kinney

Four hundred free gift cards will be distributed to needy families for the Thanksgiving holiday at Hilltop Mall on a first-come, first-served basis this Sunday.

Richmond community organizer Antwon Cloird is holding the First Annual David Patrick Underwood Thanksgiving Memorial in the parking lot behind Macy’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Green Remedy and Holistic Healing are sponsoring the Thanksgiving gift card giveaway in honor of Underwood, a Pinole native and federal protective service officer who was ambushed and murdered in May while guarding the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland during a protest.

“This event will help to keep the spirit of Dave alive,” Cloird said. “He was so beloved and well liked throughout the community. He cared about people and their well-being.”

Recently, a basketball court at Fernandez Park in Pinole, where Underwood grew up playing, was repainted and named in honor of him.

This Sunday’s giveway will provide curbside service to maintain COVID-19 safety.

“Everyone must stay in their vehicle and wear a mask,” Cloird said, adding that after they receive their gift card they must leave. 

“So many needy families are facing financial hardships due to the covid-19 pandemic,” Cloird said. “Green Remedy and Holistic Healing have helped make 400 gift cards available to needy families so they can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all of the fixings.”