Leukemia Slayer Plays Santa For Fourth Year


Santa Slayer at the Four SeasonsJacob Goeders, the Leukemia Slayer, may have conquered cancer and moved clear across the country this year, but he’s not about to let go of his beloved annual Santa Slayer Project he started four years ago to buy Christmas gifts for other kids fighting the disease.

Jacob, 13, announced to Facebook fans on Tuesday, Nov. 18, that he’s repeating the Santa Slayer Project, asking for only $1 from each of his more than 10,500 fans. The money will go to buy gifts for children at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) in Palo Alto, as well as on the oncology ward at the Duke University Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House, in Durham, North Carolina. Jacob’s family moved to the southern state from Mountain View earlier this year. [Read more…]

30 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor This Holiday Season – Part 3


We’re counting down 30 ways to be a good neighbor during the holidays. We started with Part 1, how to be a good neighbor in your own neighborhood, followed by Part 2, how to help the greater

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community. Today we list the ways we can all be better neighbors to the world.

Good Neighbor Stories wishes everyone a very joyous holiday season to all! Please be a part of our neighborhood by leaving your comments and ideas. Share with us how you’re being a good neighbor to others, or how someone reached out and blessed you.


30 Ways To Be A Good Neighbor This Holiday Season – Part 2


In our first installment we listed 10 ways to be a good neighbor during the holidays in your own neighborhood. Today we’re reposting 10 ways to be a good neighbor in your larger community. FromFood Donation Barrel food drives to holiday recycling, you can make a difference to others in your city.

What are some ways you are making a difference? Share with us in the comments!

30 Ways to Be A Good Neighbor This Holiday Season: Part 1


Thanksgiving is behind us and we now start the march to the December holidays. Last year I ran a three-part series on ways to be a good neighbor during the holidays, and those ways remain as evergreen asPlate of cookies for neighbors. well, holiday evergreens. Today I’m reposting part 1 about how to be a good neighbor in your own neighborhood. Parts 2 and 3 talk about how to be a good neighbor in your greater community, and in the world.

Hope you enjoy these ideas, and please, share your own with us here! And if you do follow through on a good neighbor action this holiday season, share what happens with us here, too.

Christmas Party Spans Divide Between Rich, Poor, If Only For An Evening


SAN JOSE, CA. – On one recent evening in a downtown office, the great divide between Silicon Valley’s rich and poor melted away amidst some baked ham, gingerbread cookies and a few Christmas carols.

About 50 guests from a local homeless shelter and a low-income housing complex and their volunteer hosts enjoyed a little Christmas spirit around festive tables before shuttling back to a life of uncertainty.

There was no agenda that night, other than to give guests a chance to relax, enjoy a holiday meal, and share conversations away from the stress of a life on the streets.

The event was the third annual “Luke 14” Christmas Party at The River Church Community in downtown San Jose. Overseeing the festivities was Andy Singleterry and his wife Janet, church members who have both committed themselves to working with the poor. Volunteers from The River and at least two other local churches joined them.

As Singleterry explained to the hosts in a huddle before guests arrived, the title “Luke 14” comes from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 14, in which Jesus advises people to “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind,” instead of their rich friends and neighbors.

Among the volunteers that night were high tech employees, leaders in business, educators, and in some cases their children, for whom homelessness is usually more of an abstract idea than a reality. For this one evening the volunteers and the homeless and low income men and women interacted as if there was no divide between them, sharing stories about families, lives, and memories of Christmas’ past.


“CHiPs for Kids”: San Francisco Bay Area CHP Asks Help in Spreading Holiday Cheer


The Golden Gate Division of the California Highway Patrol is asking the public’s help in collecting toys and canned food for needy children this holiday season. “CHiPs for Kids” runs through December 20. Collection spots around the Bay Area are available to take new toys that will be distributed to children in local shelters.

“Last year’s toy drive was a big success, and we hope to collect even more toys this year,” said Chief Teresa Becher, Division Chief of the CHP Golden Gate Division office, in a press release.

The campaign also spotlights the importance of safe driving, including wearing seat belts and the proper use of child safety seats.

Below are the CHP offices that are accepting donations Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Golden Gate Division
1551 Benicia Road., Vallejo

(707) 648-4180

Castro Valley
21020 Redwood Road, Castro Valley
(510) 581-9028
3601 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
(510) 450-3821
Contra Costa
5001 Blum St., Martinez
(925) 646-4980
Redwood City
355 Convention Way, Redwood City
(650) 369-6261
4999 Gleason Rd., Dublin
(925) 828-0466
San Francisco
455 Eighth St., San Francisco
(415) 557-1094
2434 Whipple Rd., Hayward
(510) 489-1500
San Jose
2020 Junction Ave., San Jose
(408) 467-5400
53 San Clemente Dr., Corte Madera
(415) 924-1100
Santa Rosa
6100 LaBath Ave., Rohnert Park
(707) 588-1400
975 Golden Gate Dr., Napa
(707) 253-4906
3050 Travis Blvd., Fairfield
(707) 428-2100