October 6, 2018 GG

October 6th Marin Grateful Gathering

On Saturday, October 6, Grateful Gatherings Marin will help two families furnish their now virtually empty homes.  We hope you are able to help once again with your kind donations. Besides donating the items listed on the sign-up sheet, we welcome cash donations to help us purchase new mattresses and/or other items not donated.  

For cash donations, go to the Grateful Gatherings website https://gratefulgatherings.org/donate/ Please indicate "Marin Chapter" in the drop down menu. If you do make a cash donation, please also sign up on this sign up list indicating you are making a cash donation (listing the amount is optional.

Here are the two families we'll be helping ... both were referred to us by North Marin Community Services.

Family 1 is Mom, Alicia, her teenage son Ahmarik (18), who is meeting the challenges of a serious medical problem, and her two delightful little daughters Dani (1) and Maya (2). Alicia and her children are new to California. Born and raised in Louisiana, Alicia’s been juggling motherhood and working while getting her AA degree over the last few years. Her husband had increasingly severe emotional issues, which made it unsafe for the family. Alicia tried to keep the family intact, but it became too dangerous for her and the children, so she headed across country to be near her mother. For the first few weeks in the Bay Area, Alicia and her children were living in a motel in Southern Marin until North Marin Community Services found them a safe apartment. Alicia’s long-term goal is to complete her bachelor’s degree in Surveying. But without the father’s help she needs to get a job ... and also establish California residency before she can afford to continue studies toward her degree. Finding work has been difficult, since she has no car. 

Family 2 is Mom Regina and her three children: son Rennan (16)—a soccer enthusiast, artsy/creative daughter Marina (11) and their handsome baby brother Samuel (4 mo).  Regina recently returned to Marin County from out of state, fleeing an abusive husband. Trying to juggle the care of her children while getting into the workforce, Regina now has a part-time job as an Administrative Assistant, driving all the way to the South Bay. On weekends she cleans houses. She’s deeply grateful to North Marin Community Services for finding her an affordable, two-bedroom apartment because her main priority is to be near good schools “...so my children won’t have to clean houses.” With your help, we hope to provide this lovely family with a nicely furnished home to help them get back on their feet.



Date: 10/06/2018 (Sat.)

Time: 8:30am - 10:30am PDT

Location: St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr, San Rafael. 101 Central San Rafael exit. If going north on 101, turn right on 2nd St. If going south on 101, then left on 2nd St., becomes Pt. San Pedro, go 2 miles, left on Bayview Dr. 415-609-3216

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Cash contribution to Grateful Gatherings towards purchase of new mattresses and other items not donated. Please sign up on this sheet indicating you are making a cash donation; Noting amount donated is optional.

through website https://gratefulgatherings.org/donate/ be sure to click on drop down menu to indicate "for Marin Chapter"

25 slots filled - more available
Helen Hayes
One gift card for Target
Joan Applebome
Tina High
Karen Scheder
Ruth Modric
Fiona McClaren
ellen mckenna
Rhea Wolkowitz
Patti Doherty
Susan Yeres
Sara Stith
Debra Hendsch
Cam Fraser
Mary Valente
Karen Scheder
Laurie Oman
Bettina Sporkenbach
Lisa Epstein
Charlton Bradshaw
Denise Spencer
Lynette Brawer
Catherine Douglas
Alicia Keshishian
Jo Ann Levin

art supplies - Family 2 - for 11 yr old girl (2)

All slots filled
fran halperin (2)

bath cabinet - Family 2 - with towel rack

Chiara Cogliandro

BBQ - Family 2 - not gas

Meg Gamble

bed skirt - Family 2 - queen size


Inja Yang
lightly used few times, only for staging

bike - Family 1 - for teen boy

hybrid - street/mountain - boy is 5'4", 125 lbs

Melissa Felder

bike helmet - Family 2 - for 16 yr old boy

size small, but pls include gift receipt :)

Mary Valente

blanket - Family 1 - new, full size

White, beige, or neutral color

Previous Donor

blanket - Family 1 - new, queen size

White, beige, or neutral color

Barbara Nash

blanket - Family 1 - new, twin size

White, beige, or neutral color

Sharon Dowson

blanket - Family 2 - for crib


victoria diotte

blanket - Family 2 - new, queen size

gray or white

Barbara Nash

blanket - Family 2 - new, twin size

blue or gray

Sharon Dowson

blanket - Family 2 - new, twin size

blue or neutral

Barbara Nash

blanket - Family 2 - new, twin size

Pink, white, or beige


blender - Family 1

Marcia Cho

blender - Family 2

Marcia Cho

bowls for serving - Family 2 - set of 3 or more

Kirsten Stein

broom w/dustpan - Family 1

Beatrice Truesdale

chair - Family 1 - for desk

small size (not office type)

Joanne Dale

chair - Family 1 - Glider/Rocker

Lisa Lord
maple wood and upholstered

chair - Family 2 - for desk

small size (not office type)

Joanne Dale

chair - Family 2 - glider w/ottoman

for nursing

Cheryl Flick
Wooden and fabric glider/rocker w ottoman (used)

chair - highchair - Family 2

Brian Miller

chairs - Family 2 - counter stools

30" seat height, set of 2

Lauren Kiino

chairs outdoor - Family 2

2 to 4 matching chairs, or sofa & 2 chairs


child's table - Family 1

with 2 chairs, indoor/outdoor

Kathleen Murphy
From St Luke

clothes organizer - Family 1

canvas hanging closet type

Barbara Steger

coffeemaker - Family 2

William Crum

comforter - Family 1 - new, full size

red with black, green or yellow accents

Previous Donor

comforter - Family 1 - new, queen size

calm blues, greens, grays for mom

Diane Matcheck

comforter - Family 1 - new, twin size

Mini mouse theme /pink

Kathleen Murphy
from St Luke

comforter - Family 2 - new, queen size


Diane Matcheck
Solid charcoal gray quilt & shams

comforter - Family 2 - new, twin size

blue or neutral

Previous Donor

comforter - Family 2 - new, twin size

for boy toddler

Beatrice Truesdale

comforter - Family 2 - new, twin size

pink/girly theme for 11 yr old

Emily A. Nusbaum Nusbaum

console - Family 2 - for TV

no wider than 5'

Lisa Reed
Dimensions 40length, 23 high, 24 wide dark espresso wood, very sturdy, would also work as coffee table

crib - Family 2

no longer than 4 feet

Brenden Yezbak

cup/toothbrush holder - Family 2

Chiara Cogliandro

cups - Family 2 - for toddlers (6)

Plastic or acrylic

All slots filled
Elaine Thornton (6)

cutting board set - Family 1 - new

Previous Donor

cutting board set - Family 2 - new

Kirsten Stein

desk - Family 1 - for sons room

56"W max x 24"D max

Dana Gray

desk - Family 1 - for living room

small 48"W max

Joanne Dale
I may need to deliver one of the desks on Thursday October 4. Would that be possible?

desk - Family 2 - living room closet

no wider than 3', no deeper than 2'

Joanne Dale

dish rack - Family 2 - new

Previous Donor

dishes - Family 1 - set for at least 6

Jeanie Kung

drapery rod - Family 1 - living room

96" - 102" Wide

Tamra Adams

drapery rod - Family 1 - moms room

64"- 74" Wide

Previous Donor

drapery rod - Family 1 - sons room

54"- 60" Wide, with clip rings

Previous Donor

drapes - Family 1 - bedroom 84" Long

neutral color


drapes - Family 1 - living room 84" Long

neutral color

Previous Donor

dresser - Family 2 - mom/daughter room

no wider than 3'

Debbie Wertheimer
Small Dresser 30.5 x18d x 29h 3 Drawers

embroidery materials - Family 2 - for Mom (2)

All slots filled
Diane Matcheck
Kit with floss, needles, hoops, seam ripper, squares of aida cloth, etc.
Ann Jessup

entertainment center - Family 1

for TV with bookshelves, max. 72"W

Michael Wylie

framed picture - Family 1 - son's room

likes Bob Marley

Kathleen Murphy
from St Luke Presbyterian

framed picture - Family 1 - bathroom 1 (2)

small size

All slots filled
Fran Halperin