Inside Seven
Current Issue: September 2014
Toys, games and stuffed animals get separated for an even assortment, variety and distribution to the Missions.

by  Maria Raptis
Issue Date: 01/2008

Food, Toys and Clothing: Caltrans District 7 Delivers On Schedule!

This year’s annual Holiday Toy and Canned Food Drive was another success: over-whelming results, on-time and without a budget!  This effort benefited 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.

“Thank you for continuing with your spirit of giving to help others and provide a happier holiday and hope for those who are facing difficult times.” said Doug Failing, District 7 Director. 

For three weeks, District 7 employees consistently brought in new toys, warm clothing and canned food to fill the red cage in the lobby Museum area. The Regional Maintenance crews topped off the cage with several carts full of toys that were collected from field Maintenance employees. 

Just as soon as District’s Public Affairs office staff put up the signs and the posters to announce the drive, the gifts started arriving immediately, said Yessica Jovel, the 2007 Holiday Toy and Food Drive coordinator. “We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in bringing in toys, clothing and canned goods. The response was overwhelming and our District should be proud that they stepped up to help those in need,” she said. “Representatives from the Missions are so appreciative of Caltrans participation.”   

The Union Rescue Mission picked up toys on Thursday, December 20, in time to set up a store-like 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.
The Los Angeles Mission picked up their toy and food donations from the District Office on Monday, December 24, in time for their annual event where thousands of guests are served a traditional meal and toys and gifts are distributed to all who attend.





Caltrans employee Alexander J. Guzman delivers toys donated by his co-works at the East Region Maintenance yard Project Delivery: Yessia Jovel, of the District 7 Public Affairs Office, and a representative from Union Rescue Mission load up and move out the donations on December 24.