To donate to Share the Spirit, mail check to: Bay Area News Group - East Bay Share the Spirit Fund, PO Box 5498, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 — or donate online here.

The Volunteer Center co-sponsors the Share the Spirit Fund with the Bay Area News Group East Bay which includes our long-standing partner the Contra Costa Times, and the Oakland Tribune, Alameda Times Star, The Argus (Fremont) and Daily Review (Hayward). Newspaper readers contribute to the campaign, which benefits nonprofit organizations in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Proceeds from the fund support children, adults and families in need during the holidays.

Share the Spirit, the annual holiday fundraising program of the East Bay newspapers led by the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune, depends on those hearts to bring some of the season's best feelings to the growing number of people and families still struggling with the reversals of the economic downtown.  
HAYWARD -- When Clara Moffitt's weight plummeted dangerously earlier this year, her doctor urged her to sign up for the Meals on Wheels program, which delivers daily hot food to frail and homebound seniors.  
The Salvation Army of Alameda County has helped Jerrell Loggins and many others via faith-based programs in facilities in Oakland and other East Bay locations.  
Trinity Center in Walnut Creek offers the chronically homeless and poor a 'home away from home' during the daytime to escape the harshness of living on the streets  
The international organization with chapter's all over the Bay Area takes care to "custom-fit" their service to the particular region's needs, and to ensure that the bulk of their services remain free.  
The Downtown Holiday Festival in Richmond, an annual event, was hosted by the Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) in partnership with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, at the historic downtown Winters Building that now serves as the performing arts center's headquarters.  
Hayward police give toys to more than 100 families.  
The Oakland organization runs four group homes for youths, providing food stipends and a roof over their heads while also helping guide its clients to the jobs, education, emotional connections and confidence that will help them over the course of their lives.  
Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group
The Berkeley Food Pantry at Berkeley Friends Church takes advantage of its gentrifying surroundings to collect organic and other high-quality, healthy food for distribution to poor people  
The Fremont charity serves about 6,000 families and 16,000 individuals each month in its Centerville district warehouse. It is the largest of the Alameda County Community Food Bank's 280 food pantries.  
Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group
Diagnosed with PTSD and medically discharged from the Army, Richmond veteran Nelson Pareja and his family were on the verge of homelessness after arriving in the Bay Area from Fort Hood, Texas in September. After connecting with nonprofit Shelter, Inc. of Contra Costa County, the Pareja family was provided with an apartment and had their rent covered through January.  
Dan Honda
Share the Spirit helps Las Trampas provide a holiday setting and meals for their clients who don't have a place to go.  
The Richmond-based rescue mission is a nonprofit organization that helps homeless men, women and children in the area through a multifaceted, Christian-centered approach. It is one of 36 nonprofits participating in the Share the Spirit holiday fundraising program.  
Shepherd's Gate is helping a mother and her two children regain stability and independence after years of tumult  
Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group
West Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau, a Richmond nonprofit, connects residents to food, housing, counseling and other support through collaborations with local groups like the YMCA, Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County and local food banks.  
(Jeff Neumann/A&E)
TV Tonight: 'Unforgettable' gets new life -- and Skeet Ulrich

Poppy Montgomery's crime serial is reborn on A&E. Plus, holiday season really gets underway with 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' and 'Crown for Christmas.' 
(Colin Young-Wolff)
Gwyneth Paltrow sings on new Coldplay record

Coldplay singer Chris Martin suggested ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow sing some lyrics she wrote for their new single “Everglow.”