Come celebrate positive Humanist ideals and values: reason, compassion, hope, science, kindness, joy and community. At a time of year rife with religious holidays, HumanLight ( lets freethinkers have their own time to be festive and celebrate common values and friendship. This year’s party will include a potluck and food charity drive for people and pets. Attendance is free. Even parking, free! Just bring something to share for the potluck, your appetite, a smile, and a drive donation if possible. Be prepared for some secular fun. The event is family-friendly, so bring the kiddos.

Potluck: This event is a potluck, so whip-up (or buy) your favorite dish to share. Please bring your food already prepared and ready to serve. The Reason Center kitchen has a microwave oven for warming-up food, but no oven or stove. A sink and refrigerator are also available. Plates, bowls, utensils, napkins, and cups will all be provided, but please remember to bring a serving utensil for your dish. Please bring some beverages to share too. Wine and beer are okay.

People and Pet Food Charity Drive: The charity food drives have been successful in past years, so we are doing it again! We will be collecting food and basic supply items for two local charities, the River City Food Bank ( and the Sacramento Pet Food Bank (called “Titanic’s Pantry”) ( So either dig through your pantry or consider purchasing something at the store to donate. We will also have donation jars available for cash/check donations for both charities. This is a wonderful opportunity for the freethought community to come together and show their compassion and kindness for others in need in our local community. Donations for human and pet food and supplies are encouraged, but not required.

There are many local food banks, and we found one that is not associated with a church or any religious group — The River City Food Bank. In addition to providing food to those in need, they also provide other essential supplies. Please bring donations of canned, boxed, and bagged foods (non-perishable); baby food and formula; baby diapers and wipes; toiletries such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, dental floss, razors, lotions in all sizes (travel or family size); bags (reusable, paper or plastic); and grocery store gift cards.

Titanic’s Pantry is a pet food bank that is run by the local Sacramento City and County animal shelters, the Sacramento ASPCA, and Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary. As the economy started going downhill several years ago, the animal shelter found that people were having to give-up their pets because they could no longer afford food for them. In an effort to keep pets with their people, the City started this pet food bank available to anyone in need. Please bring bags of dry and canned cat and dog food, and even toys, leashes, collars, cat litter, bedding, and other pet supplies to donate for our furry friends in need.

Entertainment: music at least, possibly more. If you would like to bring a game or quiz, or suitably secular music CD, or do anything to amuse your fellow feasters, please contact the event host.

This event, supported by the Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area (HAGSA) ( and Atheists and Other Freethinkers (AOF) (, is event-hosted by the ever estimable Don Knutson, with help from his team of elves.

For details, contact Don at 916-447-2169 (h) or 916-805-9337 (c), or email “dkvegdon (at) gmail (dot) com”.

Hosted by Sacramento Freethinkers, Atheists, & Nonbelievers (FAN)

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