December 19, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sarah Henry, Public Information Officer
Alameda High School Students Help Keep the Homeless Warm this Winter
On November 4th, brothers Patrick and Andrew Nguyen, students at Alameda High School, organized “Warmth in the Winter,” a music and dance benefit concert including youth from across Alameda, at St. Philip Neri’s O’Brien Hall. Attendees, including Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, donated more than $2,500 to purchase sleeping bags for the homeless in our community.
Performers included SPN Youth Choir, Alameda High School, Alameda School of Music, Alameda String Academy, Dance/10 Performing Art Center, and Dance Art Studio. Following the show, Mayor Spencer reached out to Bay Farm Island business, VF Outdoor, makers of lucy, JanSport, and the North Face, who generously joined the effort, providing 100 warm, durable sleeping bags from The North Face, significantly below the retail price. Patrick and Andrew plan to personally distribute the sleeping bags to Alameda’s homeless.
This benefit follows another benefit the brothers organized in March, with donations going to San Jose flood victims.
Thank you Patrick, Andrew, VF Outdoor, and everyone who contributed to helping keep our homeless warm this winter!