Bay Area Rescue Mission giving out “Boxes of Hope’ for Thanksgiving

Bay Area Rescue Mission gives ‘boxes of hope’ to people in need
The Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond handed out Thanksgiving dinners to people facing poverty as part of a 40 year tradition in November 2020. (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

The Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM) will treat 500 families to a free Thanksgiving “Box of Hope” as part of its annual turkey dinner giveaway. The distribution will take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 123 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond.

Note that the event is full and all 500 Boxes of Hope are spoken for.

The Boxes of Hope will include a turkey, dressing and all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal, according to the organization. The giveaway is powered by volunteers and is made possible through the generosity of donors. 

Bram Begonia, BARM president and CEO, said the community has been hit hard by the current economic challenges, and parents are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, let alone feed their children. A holiday dinner is often beyond their reach.

“Our goal is for families to share quality time while enjoying a delicious meal during this challenging holiday season,” he said.

Richmond police Chief Bisa French praises the initiative, calling BARM “a gem in our community.”

For more info, contact (510) 215-4887 or email [email protected].