AID TO HUMANITY IN ONE OF THE NATION’S HIGHEST COST OF LIVING AREAS

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San Francisco Bay Area Residents Benefit
From Free Aid & Donations From Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, Inc.

AUGUST 19 (SAN FRANCISCO) – Hundreds of East Oakland residents were gifted care packages and
school supplies from the Felix Y. Manalo
(FYM) Foundation
,
the charitable arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church Of Christ)
during the Aug. 17 Aid to Humanity
event. Eight local organizations received donations to support their community
work in the greater Bay Area, which has one of the highest costs of living in
the nation.

“Everybody
is on high alert and stressed because of the cost of rent – it’s ridiculous,”
says Dwayne Aikens, Jr. of
We Lead Ours, an Oakland organization concentrating on providing children with
enrichment programs to hone life skills. But the FYM Foundation “they are doing
more than the United States Federal Government. You’re moving mountains – that
was beautiful. And, you’re doing it without asking for anything in return.”

The
FYM Foundation recognized the Oakland Public Education Fund, We Lead Ours,
Make-A-Wish
Foundation – Greater Bay Area
, International Rescue Committee, City of Oakland – Parks & Recreation, East Oakland Community
Project
, Aspire Education Project and the Filipino
American Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley
, gifting each with a
$10,000 donation to support the positive social impact of their work.

“This
will make a great impact on our organization,” says Aria Brock of the International Rescue Committee, “because
we’ll be able to help more people… many of our clients are having struggles
with homes, giving supplies to their children to go to school. Having some
funding is fantastic and is really helpful to all of our clients to be able to
get them into homes.”

Local dignitaries
in attendance include: Libby Schaaf – Mayor of Oakland; Rob Bonta – California
State Assemblymember, 18th District of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro; Henry
Bensurto – Consul General of the Philippine Consulate of San Francisco; Dorie
Paniza Cachuela – Daly City Library Commissioner; and Thelma Batilo – Lions
Club District Governor.

The Oakland event is
the 5th stop of the FYM Foundation’s Aid to Humanity U.S. outreach series this
August. After starting in Brownsville, N.Y. Aug. 11, Aid to Humanity
reached the communities of Marlow Heights, Md., Seattle, Wash., and will continue in Arizona,
and Los Angeles, California.

Earlier
this year, Aid to Humanity events helped 36 local organizations in Canada, serving
thousands in need along the way,  as part
of its global aim to provide an opportunity for those most in need  and contribute to supporting peaceful and
productive communities. Other projects
include eco-farming in Africa and the distribution of
basic supplies to residents of favelas
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
. Volunteers of the foundation have also
offered relief aid in the aftermath of natural calamities, such as hurricanes and earthquakes in the Philippines
and other disaster-stricken areas.

For more about the
Church and its activities, please visit www.iglesianicristo.net.

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Photos Courtesy of Iglesia
Ni Cristo Public Information Office

Brother Glicerio B. Santos, Jr, General Auditor of the INC and FYM Foundation Representative together with the representatives from eight local organizations from Oakland each receiving their $10,000 donation from the FYM Foundation.
Brother Glicerio B. Santos, Jr, General Auditor of the INC and FYM Foundation Representative together with the representatives from eight local organizations from Oakland each receiving their $10,000 donation from the FYM Foundation.
Hundreds of Oakland residents sitting in the shade enjoying the Aid to Humanity event.
Hundreds of Oakland residents sitting in the shade enjoying the Aid to Humanity event.
Rodney Williams (left) of the City of Oakland’s Parks and Recreation poses with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, with their donation from the FYM Foundation.
Rodney Williams (left) of the City of Oakland’s Parks and Recreation poses with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, with their donation from the FYM Foundation.
An Oakland resident is excited to see the care package contents at the Oakland Aid to Humanity event.
An Oakland resident  is excited to see the care package contents at the Oakland Aid to Humanity event.
A family of care package recipients unpacks the household goods they’ve received from the FYM Foundation.
A family of care package recipients unpacks the household goods they’ve received from the FYM Foundation.
An Oakland resident unpacks the care packages she receives, examining the free new pair of socks she received.
An Oakland resident unpacks the care packages she receives, examining the free new pair of socks she received.

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