From Fresno to Ceres and the Central Coast, PG&E and its employees helped spread seasonal cheer over the weekend.
More than two dozen PG&E employees, friends and family members volunteered at the Community Food Bank in Fresno on Saturday (Dec. 7) where they helped organize and assemble more than 1,000 meal boxes that will be distributed to families in need.
During the volunteer event, PG&E’s Angela Vega, community relations representative, presented Food Bank CEO Andy Souza with a $12,500 donation to support the nonprofit organization’s mobile pantry program. PG&E’s funding will help support the Food Bank’s effort to feed families in Fresno, Madera, Kings and Kern counties through the holiday season and beyond.
Also in Fresno, members of PG&E’s Latino Resource Group – one of 10 employee resource groups at the utility — volunteered at Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission’s Making Spirits Bright event. Employees helped serve meals and hand out gifts to families and students in need at Molly Bakman Elementary School on Saturday. PG&E employees also used utility trucks to deliver Christmas trees to homes and handed out gift bags that included a box of LED Christmas lights and a CFL light. The company also gave a $2,500 donation for the event that the utility has supported in the past. For 20 years, the EOC program has brought seasonal cheer to needy families with the help of corporate donors, including PG&E.
In Ceres, PG&E hosted a booth at the Christmas Festival on Saturday where attendees were invited to make greeting cards for military members as part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. More than 200 cards were created for service men and women serving in the U.S. and abroad. PG&E also presented a $5,000 check to Ceres City Council Member Mike Kline to support the festival that was attended this year by more than 500 people.
And, in San Luis Obispo County, PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant employees collected hundreds of toys for local children in need. In 2009, employees turned their annual Christmas party into a toy drive where an unwrapped toy is requested for entry and the event has grown every year.
The toys are given to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department which has identified underserved children, many of them with disabilities, to receive the gifts. Forty children will receive three toys each. And there were so many toys given by PG&E employees, that excess toys are being donated to Children’s Resource Network, an organization PG&E works with throughout the year.
PG&E employees also donated socks and gloves at the party to be handed out at the Jewish Community Center’s upcoming Holiday Homeless Dinner, a non-denominational event for those living on the street.
PG&E’s Tracey Vardas, senior emergency planning coordinator at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, said the employees outdid themselves this year.
“Every year, they just are so generous. Every year they donate a little bit more,” said Vardas.