Our Chapter History
In 1999 a group of like-minded friends from various professions founded the Oakland, California Chapter of the 12 Days of Christmas. As friends, there was the recognition that through their personal resources and those of others, an opportunity existed to be impactful in the Oakland community by extending their philanthropic efforts making a difference in the lives of families during the Christmas season. The common thread between these women is they all possess a good heart and the desire to help others.
To facilitate the efforts in promoting the spirit of giving, each Christmas season a festive event is hosted by the members at the Sequoyah Country Club, in Oakland California. Over 200 guests share in the gift of giving by donating gift cards, toys and books.
In planning the party, the journey just begins. Through partnership with the Oakland Police Athletic League, Oakland families are identified, wish lists received and the shopping begins to supply a wonderful Christmas. In addition, complete holiday dinners are included and staples to see the families through the holiday season and beyond. Deliveries are made by the members with Officers from the Oakland Police Department and on occasion with the Chief of Police. Throughout the years single parents, two parent households, and grandparents have been blessed impacting over 500 children since inception. Also, utility bills have been paid to keep the lights and heat on during the holiday.
Always looking for additional ways to impact the lives of others, the Chapter has expanded its reach to provide assistance to the Elizabeth House a transitional program for women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence, addiction or poverty. The next step is to partner with Oakland African American business community to continue to expand the philanthropic goals of the Chapter.
Message From The President
Ingrid M. Moore ― Oakland Chapter President
Greetings from the Oakland California Chapter of the 12 Days of Christmas, Incorporated. It is with great pleasure to be a part of an organization focused on the needs of our communities. I am very fortunate to represent like-minded women who possess the heart and spirit of giving.
The Oakland Chapter is committed to the betterment of the community in which we live which is demonstrated through the celebration of our “15th Anniversary of Giving to Oakland Families”. Each year we are able to expand our reach, adopting more families and agencies doing the work in the community that is so necessary. Because of this good work, the 12 Days of Christmas, Oakland Chapter has become an organization that many look to during the Christmas season to help facilitate their individual philanthropic goals. All recognize that we are truly blessed and we magnify our blessings through our continue work in the community.
On behalf of the members, we thank all who support not only the Oakland Chapter, but also all chapters. Through our collective giving we will experience a better community.
Officers & Members
Ingrid M. Moore ― President
Maxine Reynolds ― Vice President
Michelle Hector Branner ― Secretary
Jane Grisham ― Treasurer
Denise LeNoir ― Immediate Past President
Co-Chairs 2015 Gift of Giving Holiday Party
Kristina Ennix & Michelle Hector Branner
Mary Ester Augustine
Krystal N. Bowen
Valarie D. Lewis
Etna Laura Ross
Jain L. Williams