Inside Seven
Current Issue: September 2014

by  Jeanne Bonfilio
Issue Date: 12/2007

The donations will benefit the Los Angeles Mission and Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles

The annual Caltrans Holiday Toy and Canned Food Drive is officially under way now through Friday, December 21st.  This effort will benefit our downtown neighbors, the Union Rescue Mission and the Los Angeles Mission, two non-profit organizations dedicated to serving the homeless and less fortunate in the downtown area.  Within the next three weeks, our goal is to fill the red cage in the lobby Museum area with new unwrapped toys for children of all ages, new winter clothing and canned food.

Donations may be brought to the 13th floor Public Affairs office or dropped in the box at the main lobby Security desk.  A collection box will also be available at each Maintenance Region office, which will be transported to the District Office for timely delivery to the Missions.

“This district is one of the most creative, productive and generous.  I’ve seen all the employees give so much of their time and talents to our many service projects year-round.  You even dug deeper into your pockets to contribute to the CSECC campaign and again for victims of the fire storm last month,” said Doug Failing, District 7 Director. “Let’s please continue with this spirit for a successful Holiday Toy and Canned Food Drive. Thank you for providing a happier holiday and hope for those who are facing difficult times.”

In disbursing the donations, the Union Rescue Mission creates a store setting where parents shop for their children and volunteers wrap the gifts. They also have a ‘Gifts for Mothers’ section where children, in turn, shop for their moms. Items being requested for women include scarves, robes, sweaters, socks, body care items, bed linens, cookware, jewelry, towels and wallets.
The Los Angeles Mission will hold its annual event on December 24, where thousands of guests are served a traditional meal and gifts are distributed to all children who attend.

“Both Missions are very appreciative of District 7 employees and their generosity.  Last year the Missions made several trips to the District Office to continue picking up gifts and food, even after the drive officially ended.  On the 24th of December, they made two trips that day to continue filling their vans. The donations kept pouring in and the participation of the Maintenance Regions really put us over the top,” recalls Maria Raptis, the District’s 2006 Holiday Toy and Food Drive coordinator.  “Let’s do that again.”

Yessica Jovel, Public Affairs Office, is coordinating this year's holiday toy and food drive.  Any questions can be directed to her at 213-8971876.  


In 2006, a generous amount of toys are sorted and divided for the Union Rescue Mission and the Los Angeles Mission The goal is another cage full of new toys, warm clothes and canned food