Our Holiday run this year is an interfaith operation that gathers a number of Christian drivers, but also a majority of non-Christian volunteers who wanted to make a point and support their Christian neighbors for this Holiday season.
This season, we wanted to show that we do not have to be divided by religion, but, rather, united by it in support of our neighbors who are at-risk of COVID. As we prepared for this Holiday run, we got in touch with approximately 50 congregations in the East Bay. Many of them sent us numerous volunteers for the run: as a consequence, unusually, our driving run today is resourced almost in totality by first-time volunteers from all these East Bay congregations of all faiths, who had to go through our fairly grueling training in order to qualify to deliver to our neighbors in Berkeley! We did not think it could happen, and were amazed to see it come to fruition, driver by driver, over the past few weeks.
Many of the congregations we were in touch with were non-Christian, and eager to support their Christian neighbors! Beyond many Protestant and Catholic congregations, we were in contact with numerous Buddhist temples, several Jewish congregations, Mosques, an LDS congregation, Bahai temples, Hindu and Sikh temples, several Mosques and a Zoroastrian Congregation.
We are very thankful to all of the congregations that we worked with! We particularly want to acknowledge a few that embraced this endeavor in a very special way, and sent us tons of drivers and packers: Berkeley Zen Center, synagogues Beth El, Beth Israel and Netivot Shalom, and Epworth Methodist Church—you all are amazing in your unstinting generosity!
Tons of thanks to Anne Wolf, a HelpBerkeley volunteer who is at once brilliant and full of heart: she originated the idea and worked hard at recruiting many volunteers for it!