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Richmond Family Doesn’t Do Gifts on Christmas: 'We Serve'

Edna Campbell's Christmas in Richmond organization has helped those in need for the past decade. This year, they decided to something a little bit different.

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    Richmond Family Doesn’t Do Gifts on Christmas: 'We Serve'
    Cheryl Hurd/NBC Bay Area
    One of the Christmas in Richmond program's youngest volunteers helps paint the home of Lillie Mae Jones, a long-time Richmond resident and activist in need.

    For the past 10 years Edna Campbell and her two daughters have been helping people in need. They raise money, collect clothes, food and daily necessities for people who live on the street.

    Around Thanksgiving and Christmas, they spread cheer, even under freeways. Their organization is called Christmas in Richmond. This year they decided to do something different. They decided to adopt three families and redo their homes for the holidays.

    "We serve. We help," Campbell said. "We evolve with the needs of the community."

    One person who needs help is Lillie Mae Jones. She is a respected local activist and long-time Richmond resident. There's a plaza named after her in Richmond.

    Jones began her advocacy and organizing work in the 1970s, getting people involved in community service and neighborhood beautification. She reached out to young people and her impact extends throughout the city of Richmond.

    She fought for people in need. Now she is in need.

    Edna Campbell, her daughters Aaliyah Washington and Burgundie Spears are working tirelessly to help Jones and two other families get back on their feet.

    Long-time Richmond resident and activist surrounded by Christmas in Richmond volunteers.
    Photo credit: Cheryl Hurd/NBC Bay Area

    Aaliyah, the 13-year-old, does not expect and does not get any holiday gifts. Instead, she works to give back to the community.

    "I don't need anything. I have life. I have a family who loves me," Aaliyah said. "I want to give to the people who need help."

    Anyone one who would like to donate to the Christmas in Richmond should visit ChristmasInRichmond.org.

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