Holiday Giving


Isabelle and Angelie donate toys


Two neighborhood girls discovered a good place for giving — in the lobby of The Claremont Hotel.  First, Isabelle and Angelie Cecka donated toys to the Oakland Firefighters  Random Acts Holiday Toy Drive.  Then, they selected a card off the Christmas “Giving Tree” for a gift donation to a child at Saint Vincent’s Day Home.

Each card represents one disadvantaged boy or girl aged three to five years old at St. Vincent’s Day Home.  Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the concierge desk at the hotel lobby. “There are still lots of cards on the tree – so people should go get one now! said Jeannie Cecka, mother of the girls.  THE DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17.

The “Giving Tree”

It was the make-your-own gingerbread house contest that brought the girls to The Claremont. The Cecka Family has participated for the last few years, so it’s almost become a family tradition. “My favorite part of decorating our gingerbread house was stacking up Willy Wonka chocolates for the fireplace and marshmallows for smoke,” said Angelie.

A giant gingerbread house sits in the lobby, which is beautifully decorated.

The girls with their house

Remember how much it means to kids to receive a toy at Christmas. The unwrapped gifts for young children at St. Vincent’s Day Home are due no later than FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17.

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