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A Recall Results in Waves of Holiday Cheer……

A Recall Results in Waves of Holiday Cheer……

(December 14, 2001)

Observant tykes at Riverside schools, neighborhood centers and non-profit organizations might have caught a glimpse of Santa’s helpers handing out free countertop microwave ovens this week.

No reindeer were in sight. Instead, it was a spirited coalition between Grandmarc apartment complex and the University of California, Riverside that meant nearly new microwave ovens found new homes with families and organizations who might appreciate a little extra warmth this holiday season.

“The whole story of how we came into these microwaves is that there was a nation-wide voluntary recall of range-top microwaves,” said Mark Sakamoto, who works for Grandmarc, a housing complex near UCR. “Sears sent us over 200 counter-top microwaves to be used by our residents while they made the necessary adjustments to our range-top microwaves.Now that the range-top microwaves have all been corrected, we decided that the community might benefit from our donation of these countertop ovens.” Sakamoto said these are not the recalled ovens, but microwaves sent as replacements and used only for one month.

Some of the Riverside agencies receiving microwave ovens are: Settlement House, People Reaching Out, Centro de Atzlan, Centro de Ninos, North High School, University Heights Middle School and Highland Elementary School.

"Each place will get 25 ovens to use at their site or distribute to people within the community," said Victoria Kennedy, an administrative analyst at UCR's Office of Governmental and Community Relations who is helping to play Santa. "We are glad to help find some good homes for these microwaves."

She said deliveries of the microwaves have been going on this week and will continue through Monday.

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