Archive for the ‘Children & Families’ Category

Dillon’s Dream A World Without Cancer Toy Drive through Dec. 9

Saturday, November 26th, 2022

Or drop off your donated toy at the Dillon’s Dream booth during the Holiday Delites celebration in Rivertown, Saturday, Dec. 3.

The toys will be donated for children in the oncology clinics at John Muir Walnut Creek, Kaiser Oakland and Sutter Health Sacramento.

For more information about Dillon’s Dream visit dillonsdreams.org.

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IORF’s annual East County Christmas Children’s PJ and Toy Drive seeks donations

Friday, November 18th, 2022

The International Orphan Relief Foundation wishes you a happy holiday season! We would love for you to be a part of our annual East County Christmas Children’s PJ and To Drive. Please click the link below to see how you can impact the youth and families in East County and bring joy this Christmas!

Donate to our Venmo: https://account.venmo.com/u/DirCStaton

 

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Harvest CARnival at Golden Hills Community Church Monday night, Oct. 31

Saturday, October 29th, 2022

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Relay for Life Trunk or Treat at Somersville Towne Center Sunday, Oct. 30

Friday, October 28th, 2022

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Trunk or Treat at Delta Bowl Saturday, Oct. 29

Friday, October 28th, 2022

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Rivertown Trunk or Treat Kid’s Fest Saturday, Oct. 29

Friday, October 21st, 2022

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Driver who caused crash injuring three siblings after school in Antioch last month arrested

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022

Charges: assault with a deadly weapon and vehicular manslaughter as one of the three children was removed from life support and passed away

Ray Shaqil Reeves arrest and bail information. Source: Contra Costa Superior Court

By Allen D. Payton

On Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 29-year-old Ray Shaqil Reeves, was arrested in Oakley by Antioch Police officers for causing the accident that struck and injured three 12-year-old siblings, a girl and two boys, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, as they were walking home from school in Antioch. All three children were transported to hospitals and one of the boys was later removed from life support and passed away. (See related articles here and here)

Reeves caused the accident that resulted in the injuries. As previously reported, according to witnesses a red Chevrolet Impala struck a tan Mercury Mystique in the area of Sycamore Drive and Manzanita Way, forcing the Impala in the direction of the juveniles walking on the southwest corner of Sycamore Drive and Manzanita way.

According to witness statements, the Mercury Mystique was traveling westbound on Sycamore Drive and was waiting for traffic to clear before turning left (southbound) onto Manzanita Way. Simultaneously, the Chevrolet Impala exited Sycamore Square onto westbound Sycamore Drive at a high rate of speed. As the Impala approached the Mercury, the Impala attempted to pass the Mercury on the left just as the Mercury began to make the left-hand turn. Regrettably, the result was the Impala colliding into the Mercury, propelling the Impala in the direction of the juveniles reportedly walking home from school.

He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for violation of the following California Penal Code Sections: PC 192 (c)(1)-Vehicular Manslaughter, PC 245(a)(1)-Assault with a Deadly Weapon, PC 245(a)(1)-Assault with a Deadly Weapon, PC 245(a)(1)-Assault with a Deadly Weapon, PC 245(a)(1)-Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and PC 245(a)(1)-Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

UPDATE: His bail has been set at $390,000 and arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Charges filed against Ray Shaqil Reeves. Source: Contra Costa Superior Court

The Antioch Police Department thanked “the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office for hearing this case and filing charges against Reeves.”

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of the children and pray for the family and loved ones during this time of grief. Words fall short of expressing our sorrow for the victims of this extremely tragic incident,” the APD shared in their press release about the arrest.

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Two of three cousins injured in after school Antioch car crash require wheelchairs, therapy during recovery

Monday, October 10th, 2022

Upper left photo (l-r): Siblings Mason Hanlin, Gianathon Vincent. Upper center: Mason. Upper right: Gianathon. Lower left: Mason,  Gianathon and Cheyenne. Lower right: Cheyenne Comfort. Photos provided by the family.

Family provides update

By Allen D. Payton

Cheyenne Comfort and Mason Hanlin, two of the three 12-year-old children, who along with their cousin, Gianathon Vincent, were stuck by a car as they walked home from school on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, are recovering from their injuries. (See related article)

Gianathon was later removed from life support and passed away, according to a KTVU Fox2 news report.

An update was provided Monday evening on the surviving siblings by their great aunt, Veronica Finley.

“Mason requires a wheelchair following the needed surgery to try and repair the damage done to his right leg that is now casted from his hip to his foot,” she shared. “He also underwent skin grafts needed to repair the damage to his face.”

“Cheyenne also relies on a wheelchair and use of a walker but struggles and needs assistance due to fractures to her hip and pelvis,” Finley continued. “The bleeding in her brain seems to have stopped, and her skull fracture is healing but suffers from severe headaches.”

“They have begun therapy for their injuries but it’s too soon to tell their prognosis or any other damage the accident may have caused,” she explained. “Psychologically, they are extremely traumatized by the death of their brother, the pain they are having to endure and this entire experience. They’ve also begun therapy to try to help them cope and deal with this life changing incident and all of this, as best as they can.”

“As soon as I have more information on Gianathon’s celebration of life I will let you know,” Finley added.

The Comfort-Hanlin-Vincent family, including (l-r) Mason Hanlin, Cheyenne Comfort, mother, Jami Hanlin, father, Johnny Comfort and Gianathon Vincent, with the two younger children. Source: GoFundMe

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family to help with expenses. The goal is $70,000 and as of Monday, Oct. 10th, the effort is more than half way to the goal. https://www.gofundme.com/f/family-devastated-by-children-being-hit-by-car

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