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Stockton Unified School District Police and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office Team up to Help Families in Need.

Gaby Muro

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STOCKTON – The Stockton Unified School District Police and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office have joined together to help families in need this Thanksgiving.

Both the Stockton Unified School District Police and the San Joaquin County Sheriffs Office will be collecting meal gift cards from 8 am to 10 am Monday, November 16th outside of Raley’s Supermarket in Stockton.

Due to COVID-19, meal gift cards from participating locations will only be accepted. They can be purchased from Raley’s, Save Mart, Safeway, Winco, Food 4 Less, KFC, Denny’s, or Popeye’s.

If you are not available to attend the event, you can still drop off meal gift card donations at Chavez High School, Edison High School, Franklin High School, Stagg High School, and the SUSD Police Department. 

Donations by mail will also be accepted by the Admissions and Family Services Department at 1800 S. Sutter Street Stockton, CA 95215.

The deadline to make a donation has been extended until Thursday, November 19th at 8 am.

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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Mask Donations Are a Labor of Love for Duo

Carlos Rodriguez

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MODESTO – Two local residents who share a passion of sewing and quilting are calling a project to benefit a school and the general public a labor of love.

It all started with a question, or curiosity for Katrina Gomez and Katherine Womack-McCasland. The two wanted to do something to help local students during the pandemic. Gomez who is an avid quilter and Womack-McCasland already had a sewing machine, so the answer quickly became clear.

“It’s so hard to find a sewing machine right now,” Gomez said. She already had a good amount of fabric on hand, so the two set out to design and produce as many facemasks as they could.

In good time, the two made enough masks to donate to Wilson Elementary School. The masks were blue and gold, the school’s colors.

“The reception was welcoming in the sense that it’s something that’s needed,” Womack-McCasland said.

The two also made an additional batch of masks for staff at the school. The production didn’t end there, the two have made additional face coverings in different designs that they plan to offer to students as well.

“This gives the kids a chance to pick something that is individual to them, something that they like,” Gomez said.

The two also donated 300 handmade face coverings to English Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and another 200 to Modesto Specialty Hospital. The two estimate that in total they have produced at least 1500 masks.

The masks are individually sanitized and sealed for safety, and the two are more concerned with helping people stay safe than making a profit.

“Making money is always awesome, but giving them away and helping is more rewarding,” Gomez said.

The two have their favorite styles, with Gomez looking for vintage type fabrics and Womack-McCasland liking sequin style masks.

“They’re difficult to make but fun to see out and about.”

The two are hoping the project teaches children a lesson in giving to others and paying it forward.

So what’s next for the duo? They hope to raise funds to produce and give a yearbook to every student at the elementary school.

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