Traffic crawled to a stop for a few days in Oakley, as thousands patiently waited in line to drop off cardboard boxes stuffed with Thanksgiving dinner essentials for distribution to 70 inner-city churches and charities.
This high-energy annual event is an explosion of giving. A colorful maze of orange cones, horns honking, boom boxes blaring music, carloads of smiling faces, police directing traffic, and volunteers wearing turkey costumes and waving signs.
The air is filed with gratitude and heart-swelling generosity, as an estimated 50,000 regional holiday dinners were donated. Many share and all are blessed, those who give and those who receive.