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For example, last year Scott received three "giant" boxes from her unnamed donor, who provided clothes for her older children and toys for her then infant daughter.

"It was awesome," Scott said as she recalled picking up the gifts. "It was something that I was blessed to have happened to me. (The donor) did a Beats By Dre Black And White

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OAKLAND Candisha Scott is 5 months pregnant, unemployed and struggling to care for her three children: Jeremy, 10, Eniyah, 3 and Jayla, 1.

Needy families able to celebrate with donations

donors willing to act as Santa Claus for a season.

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The families are selected from current clients of Brighter Beginnings, a nonprofit group that acts as an umbrella organization for various charity programs focused on helping young, needy families prosper.

But the lack of funding has not prevented corporations and individuals from donating to Adopt A Family and, in the process, bringing holiday cheer to a segment of the population that otherwise would not be able to celebrate the holidays.

Families chosen for Adopt A Family are given a wish list to fill out. They can ask for specific gifts ranging from household supplies to computers to clothes. Brighter Beginnings then matches those wish lists with donors who have registered to participate to see who can fulfill a family's wishes.

"My situation is more detrimental this year, and this program has relieved a lot of stress for me," she said. "Anything helps, and I am just so grateful.

receive gifts.

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"I now Beats Studio know that my children are going to wake up on Christmas with something under the tree."

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Given that her family was chosen for the program last year, Scott said she didn't believe she would be chosen again this year even though her financial situation is dire now that she is pregnant and unemployed.

Serving families: Candisha Scott, of Richmond, left, gets a hand from Cathy Akina, a family advocate for Brighter Beginnings, a nonprofit that serves low income families.

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Scott, 25, of Richmond, has limited family support, is a victim of domestic violence, and says she's blessed just to get help to put food on her table and clothes on the backs of her children.

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Yet she recently received a call from her case worker notifying her that, once again, her family will Ghd Copper

For the last two years, however, Scott's expectations were proved wrong. Her hopes were answered by Adopt A Family, a seasonal charity program run by Brighter Beginnings that matches needy families with Ghd Rose Gold

Scott hopes this year's gifts will include supplies and clothes for her new daughter, who is due to be born in April.

lot for us."

The program is run entirely on donations and the volunteer hours that Brighter Beginnings' staff members contribute.

Every year, Brighter Beginnings chooses 200 to 250 families from its various Contra Costa and Alameda counties' family programs to participate in the seasonal gift giving enterprise.

Fong said Better Beginnings is still seeking donors for the Adopt A Family program and admits that, with the slowly recovering economy, the number of families the program is able to help continues to diminish each year.

"It's a program we do additionally to all our other programs," said Cynthia Fong, director of program services for Brighter Beginnings. "There is no funding for this program."

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