Holiday angels

The Examiner celebrates those who made a difference for others in 2009

Natalia Calderon


The Minnesota native began volunteering for City of Dreams, a youth mentorship program, after moving to The City last fall. Calderon was paired with a girl named Bianca, and the two have had good talks.  It’s been eye-opening: Some kids “have been in the city their whole life, but haven’t crossed the Golden Gate Bridge,” she said.

Alexandra Collins

Four Christmases ago, Collins, 20, went out with her dad with 10 bags filled with such basics as blankets and food and gave them to homeless people. “You get obsessed about the holiday and you don’t really think about people who don’t have anything,” Collins said. This year, there will be about 100 bags distributed.

Adam Alexander

The Burlingame High senior spends his Wednesdays after school helping out at My New Red Shoes, which provides new clothing to low-income and homeless youths.  “I had no idea how many homeless kids there actually were, I was blind,” said Alexander, who is hoping to attend UC Berkeley after graduation. 

Joanne Bedard

The resident at AgeSong at Hayes Valley, an elder care facility, said, “Giving of your heart gives you a good clean feeling.” A few years ago,
some of the seniors decided to help needy kids. Now, about 25 residents make cloth and wooden toys throughout the year to give to low-income children. 

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