By Mayra Tostado
SAN JOSE — After hundreds of families’ homes flooded in the South Bay following a torrential storm in late February, PG&E employees stepped in to help them recover.
“The people affected by this event are not just our customers; they are our neighbors, our friends. We felt the need to give back to help them rebuild and strengthen their communities,” said Don Hall, senior manager of PG&E’s San Jose and De Anza divisions.
PG&E also pledged to match an additional $20,000 in donations to the fund for a total of $40,000.
The City of San José ordered mandatory evacuations Feb. 21 for 14,000 people because water from Coyote Creek quickly was spilling into neighborhoods. Many residents spent several nights at shelters and when they returned home after the flood, found their belongings were damaged.
PG&E employees contacted Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose to find out how else they could help the victims. Donation barrels were delivered to PG&E’s three service centers in San Jose. That same week, employees filled the containers with pillows, sheets, blankets, clothing and cleaning supplies.
“Our partnership with PG&E is so important as we help families deal with the immediate effects of the flood. We continue working together as families rebuild and restore hope for their future,” said Poncho Guevara, executive director of Sacred Heart Community Service.
If you’re interested in making a donation to Sacred Heart Community Service, please visit their website.
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