The San Francisco 49ers are in Glendale, Arizona for the rest of the season, but that didn’t stop the organization from making sure to take care of Bay Area families that need a little extra help this holiday season.

On Tuesday, Sourdough Sam and 49ers staff delivered grocery gift cards, gas gift cards, 49ers gear, electronic items and family entertainment to 30 families in Fremont’s Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley’s Central Commons neighborhood. The holiday packages were meant to help with the financial hardship that has affected so many people during COVID-19. The gifts, which totaled over $20,000, were monetized by U.S. Bank, 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, coaches and executives. In addition, Zenni, Peet’s, Shoe Palace and Panini provided in-kind donations.

The 49ers connection to the Central Commons neighborhood began in 2018, when 140 members of the front office staff and the 2018 rookie class helped helped with early construction. The first homes were finished 2019 and the remainder were finished this fall. With support from the 49ers and other partners, families were able to buy their homes with affordable mortgages.

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