‘The Idea Is To Reenergize The OMI:’ Neighborhood Nonprofits Organize First Easter Basket Giveaway

Event flyer for the Easter Basket Giveaway. Courtesy/OMICPP

INGLESIDE, San Francisco — The OMI Cultural Participation Project and the OMI Family Resource Center will host an Easter Basket Giveaway for neighborhood families early next month.

The nonprofit organizations are expecting to give away 200 Easter baskets. They have 99 families registered to participate as of March 4.

“The idea is to reenergize the [Ocean View-Merced Heights-Ingleside],” OMICPP Executive Director Maurice Rivers said. “People need something to look forward to.”

Rivers, who organized the neighborhood’s first Community Baby Shower giveaway last month that served over 50 families and drew donations of diapers, children’s books, personal protective equipment and gift cards, plans to make the Easter event an annual tradition.

“With the vaccine and reopening underway, I want to give a sense of new normal to the neighborhood,” Rivers said.

OMIFRC, a project of YMCA Urban Services, is managing on-site registration and supplying Easter basket items. 

Rivers hired the barbers from Nate’s Barber Shop to provide barbecue for registrants. Walk ups will have to pay.

Depending on the pandemic health protocols, the next events OMICPP organizes may be the annual car show on Lee Avenue at Ocean Avenue on Saturday, May 15, 2021 and possibly an event for graduates.

Giveaway Details

Date: Friday, April 2, 2021 

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: 50 Broad St., San Francisco, CA 94112

Registration for families: https://forms.gle/h8vqP7CgE8iHmH5p9

How to Make a Donation

Money: Checks can be brought to 50 Broad St. between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or online via Paypal

Items: Organizers request Easter grass decorations, Peeps candies, chocolate Easter bunnies, wrapped chocolate or gummy candy, crafts,, crayons, coloring books, sidewalk chalk, Playdough, stickers, building blocks, small stuffed animal, toys and children’s books

For more information, contact OMICPP Executive Director Maurice Rivers at (415) 729-3658 or jumpstreet1983@gmail.com.