OAKLAND -- To mark five months since Daphne Viola Webb went missing, her family is trying to help others in the spirit of the holiday season.
On Sunday, the family of the 2-year-old will, in conjunction with the Emmanuel Temple Church, hold a coat drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church at 900 6th Street in Vallejo. They are calling the event "Give a Coat -- Warm a Heart." They will be accepting new and used coats and donating them to those in need. Complimentary hot coffee and donuts will be served.
To keep her story in the public eye, the family has held candlelight vigils, a march from the Oakland Police Department to Oakland City Hall, news conferences and were there when police searched the waterfront, East Bay Regional Park District land and trails and areas near the father's Oakland hills home for the child or her body.
"The family's effort in finding baby Daphne will never end until she is brought home. We still have our hopes up,'' said the child's maternal grandfather Kevin Davis.
Daphne has been missing since July 10, when her father, John Webb, 49, said someone snatched her from his black Ford SUV when he went into a convenience store and left her with his 87-year-old mother, who has dementia, in the SUV at 79th Avenue and International Boulevard. He remains a person of interest in the case.
There is a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of the child.
Anyone with information about the case can call the Oakland Police Department missing persons unit at 510-238-3641.