With the holidays nearing, PG&E employees have been busy volunteering their time, energy and resources to spread Christmas cheer to those in need.
In the Central Valley, nearly a dozen PG&E employees gathered at the Merced County Food Bank for a holiday volunteer event on Friday (Dec. 20). Volunteers sorted food items and toiletries in preparation for distribution to the community.
During the event, PG&E’s Rich Garcia, manager for energy solutions and service in Merced, presented a $7,500 ceremonial check to support the holiday meals. Bernadette Mello, the food bank’s executive director accepted the check and thanked PG&E for the contribution saying the financial support has made it possible to help more needy families in Merced County this holiday season.
In Chico, PG&E employees in all lines of business from three offices purchased enough gifts to fill 139 stockings and gift bags that will be distributed to local families in need.
The effort began when PG&E employees of the North Valley electric maintenance and construction grass roots safety team were looking for a project that would allow them to give back to the community. Terri Meyer, who works for PG&E’s energy solutions and service in Chico, contacted Heart to Hand which requested stockings filled with warm items, toys, educational pieces and toiletries for boys and girls ages 0-17.
The employees who took part gathered to wrap the gifts during an ugly sweater team-building event on Dec. 17. The following day, they delivered two pickup trucks filled with the gifts.
The nonprofit Heart to Hand will distribute the gifted items — along with a warm outfit — to more than 240 families in the Paradise areas. For some children, these will be the only gifts they receive for Christmas.
PG&E employees also got into the holiday spirit in other locations from Eureka in the north coast to San Luis Obispo on the central coast. Events included employees who took part in community parades in Woodland and Eureka as well as those who prepared meal boxes for needy families in the Central Valley.