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Mr. Al Davis, owner of the world famous Oakland Raiders, great accomplishment

Beginning in 1994 to 2004 the Oakland Raiders organization participated in an event called "Christmas On The Streets." This event gave children in the Richmond, California area of Belding Woods's neighborhood toys and performances for the Holidays. The objective of the event was to give children who ordinarily would have a very dismal holiday season, to have one of enjoyment, personal involvement, and a sense of community. Many have been abused, neglected, or traumatized by violence. There was at that time graffiti, drive-by shootings, blight; all the problems that inner-cities face. To these kids just knowing someone cared was so very important and meant hope! Many lives have been saved and families brought together because of the Raiders involvement!

If it had not been for the Oakland Raiders organization and their cheerleaders, the Raiderettes, Ms. Mary Barnes, who was the special events coordinator, we would not be enjoying the peace, stopping of violence, lowering of crime, and a sense of community that we have now. Crime and violence in the Belding Woods area are at the lowest in the state because of the involvement of the Oakland Raiders Organization City of Richmond, Ca. and the Peace On The Streets Organization, Inc., S.F. Ca.

We hope the general public is made aware and knows Mr. Davis and his organization of professionals took a chance on us! The "commitment to excellence" extended not only to football but to a better community. "Just Win Baby!" Is not just a statement of football by Mr. Davis, but is forever in the hearts and minds of the kids in the community of Belding Woods Neighborhood of Richmond, California.

God bless! Mr. Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders may he Rest in Peace!

Thank you so very much!

AJ Jelani
President: Belding Woods Neighborhood Council / Peace On The Streets Org; Inc.

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