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Turkey drives, city crews are Johnny- on-the-spot & other positive things
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The ability to name a street in the first phase of The Trails neighborhood is being auctioned off to benefit HOPE Family Shelters. - photo by

The pandemic has delivered a major blow to community non-profits that depend on in-person fundraisers to help underwrite their endeavors.

Among such groups is the HOPE Family Shelters. The non-profit provides emergency housing for single mothers and their children as well as families at three housing complexes. In a typical year they assist 240 people with 60 percent of those being children.

 HOPE Family Shelters relies on fundraisers, businesses, churches, service clubs, and individuals to donate $320,000 a year to keep the doors of HOPE shelters open. The rest of the non-profit’s $360,000 annual budget — $40,000 — comes from government sources.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation this month of the annual Night of Hope event that typically generates upwards of $60,000.

This year they are trying a virtual online fundraiser that also includes an auction where the winning bidder will have the opportunity to name a street in the new “The Trails” neighborhood breaking ground on the western end of Woodward Avenue in 2021.

Bids start at $3,000. You can contact Cecily Ballungay at (209) 665-7640 to submit a bid or for more information.

Raymus Homes is making the street available for naming.

The Raymus family has a history not just of supporting community endeavors financially but also giving their time. Bob Raymus serves on the HOPE board while Toni Raymus is on the Manteca Boys & Girls Board of Trustees.

The Raymus family has donated streets for naming in the past to help non-profits. The most high-profile example is Chadwick Square Estates on the southeast corner of Airport Way and Lathrop Road. That is where you will find NuShake Way, Bergthold Street, Lauriston, Wickford Way, Crutchfield Lane, and Komenich Drive. They are among the streets in the 1990s that were named by those that donated $1,000 each to the Boys & Girls Club.

Komenich Drive, by the way, was purchased by friends of the Manteca High graduate who got his start as a photographer at the Manteca Bulletin before going on to win the Pulitzer Prize for his chosen field at the San Francisco Chronicle.

If you would simply like to donate to help HOPE Family Shelters you can do so by going to their website at, scroll down to the latest events, and see how you can make a donation via your smartphone.


Turkey drives planned

to help struggling families

Two turkey drives are planned to support the 23rd annual Turkeys R Us effort that aims to make sure every struggling family in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop has the traditional main dish of turkey for Thanksgiving and ham at Christmas. They need to collect 1,800 turkeys within 13 days.
This Saturday, Nov. 14, as well as next Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. Crossroads Church is hosting a  turkey and canned food drive in the parking lot of the Second Harvest Food Bank, 1220 Vanderbilt Circle off Industrial Park Drive.

Northgate Little League is once again collecting frozen turkeys on Saturday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1811 Hoyt Lane by their fields at Neil Hafley School.

The Second Harvest Food Bank that is helping coordinate the Turkeys R Us Drive for the Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop area as well as a cash collection effort to buy additional food to meet the increased demand this winter, is also conducting a general food drive during the week.

In addition to frozen turkeys that are looking for canned goods, boxed meals, biscuit mix, stuffing, cereal, oatmeal, rice and dry beans.

Last week to get the effort going there were 23 turkeys and $1,500 in cash donated.

Frozen turkeys can be dropped off at Second Harvest Food Bank at 1220 Vanderbilt Circle off of  Industrial Park Drive in Manteca Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Money donations can be made online at or dropped off or at Second Harvest.

If you have questions contact the food bank at 239.2091.


Sierra FFA Thanksgiving

Drive is set Nov. 19-20

Sierra FFA will be hosting a Thanksgiving Drive on Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in front of Sierra High School on Thomas Street.

They will be collecting frozen turkeys, chickens, cornish game hens, and hams for those in need in the community.


Community Thanksgiving dinner

seeks donations and volunteers

Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis in partnership with Manteca Rotary, Manteca Unified School District, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Police Chief’s Foundation, Interact Club of Manteca, and Manteca Police Officers Association; is hosting the 11th Annual “Thanksgiving in Manteca” for those in the community that otherwise would not have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. 

Because of social distancing, this year they will be hosting drive through events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mountain Mikes Pizza (1120 N. Main St) and the Manteca Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall (580 Moffat Blvd.), in Manteca, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.    

They anticipate serving more than 2,500 men, women, and children a Thanksgiving Dinner, who otherwise would not have the means to cook dinner, or are by themselves. Dinner includes turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, corn, roll and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving dinner is available for takeout or delivery.     

There are four ways you can help.  Being a cash donor, donating a turkey (delivered to the Second Harvest Food Bank), donating your time to help prepare and serve the meals, and/or an online donation at  

Checks can be made out to Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis “Thanksgiving in Manteca” P.O. Box 752, Manteca, CA.  95336. You can contact Carol Davis (209) 825-4282 for more information.  All donations are tax deductible.  If you would like to donate your time to prepare and or serve the meals, contact Tevani Liotard at or sign up at



City of Manteca responds

promptly to concerns

Jim Newman has kudos for the City of Manteca led by Public Works Director Panos Kokkas.

Newman shared concerns with the public works department about how the last 200 feet of Atherton Drive before it dead-ends south of Tannehill Drive was becoming a location for illegal dumping.

“I am pleased with the timely response and resolution to the issue by cleaning the area, posting a regulatory sign prohibiting disposal and closing the 200 feet until future development requires extending Atherton Drive,” Newman noted.

“You and your Public Works Team are commended for you integrity.”


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email