OAKLEY -- An Oakley nonprofit is looking for help making Christmas a little more cheerful for needy families.
Friends of Oakley has prepared holiday gift baskets of toys and food since its inception in 2008, collecting the donated items and redistributing them to Oakley families.
The organization this year has set up 18 barrels around town where people can drop off canned soups, vegetables and other nonperishable food along with unwrapped toys for children up to the age of 5.
Three hundred households have signed up to receive the gifts.
Now Friends of Oakley needs friends of its own to help wrap the goodwill that's come in so far.
Volunteers are needed from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria at Almond Grove Elementary School, 5000 Amaryllis St.
"All we need is a body -- we're not looking for expert wrappers. No one will be scored on their ability to wrap a guitar," said Mayor Kevin Romick, the group's cofounder.
Tape and wrapping paper will be provided.
Additional wrapping sessions will be held 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 6 and 11.
Would-be benefactors still can deposit contributions to the cause until Dec. 10.
Barrels are located at every public school in Oakley as well as in Room 2 of the Education Center at school district offices, 91 Mercedes Lane.
Other drop-off points are:
The front desk at City Hall as well as Oakley Police Department, 3231 Main St.
Fire Station No. 93, 530 O'Hara Ave.
Bank of the West, 2195 Main St.
ECC Bank, 1070 Laurel Road
Mike's Beef 'n' Brew, 2083 Main St.
Black Bear Diner, 3201 Main St.
Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa, 1510 Neroly Road
Eagle City Mobile Estates' community room, 2333 Main St.
Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141.