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The toy cage runneth over with donations from District 7 employees.

District 7 Helps Brighten the Season for Our Neighbors
by  Guest
Issue Date: 01/2009

District 7 continues its commitment to help the homeless and less fortunate in the Los Angeles area this holiday season.

By Yessica Jovel

This Holiday Season, District 7 employees where asked for their support in making the annual Toy and Canned Food Drive a success. The result was overwhelming; several boxes full of new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages, winter clothing and canned food were donated to the Union Rescue Mission and the Los Angeles Mission.

Soon after the Holiday Toy and Canned Food Drive was announced, contributions began to pour in. Along with toys and canned goods, District employees donated handmade scarves, blankets, books and toiletries. Monetary donations were collected, and given to the Union Rescue Mission’s meals program. In the closing days of the Drive, the items dropped off by the Maintenance Regions led the holiday cage, where all donations were kept, to reach its capacity.

The generosity shown by District 7 employees was much appreciated by both missions. The Los Angeles Mission and the Union Rescue Mission are nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping the homeless and less-fortunate, and are located just blocks from District 7 headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. During the Holiday season, over 1,000 children and 750 families turn to one of these missions to receive a traditional meal and gifts. Caltrans’ donations were used by the Union Rescue Mission as part of their Christmas Store, where homeless and working poor parents can shop for presents to give to their children. The Los Angeles Mission used donations as part of their annual street event, where all children under the age of 14  receive a gift.

“Our District has consistently been recognized for our commitment to safety and productivity, yet we have also prided ourselves on our ability to build partnerships with local communities and residents,” said District Director Doug Failing. "I'm proud of all the Caltrans employees helping others during these challenging times."

A cartful of new toys and canned food items collected by  East Region Maintenance employees was delivered to District 7 headquarters. All of the donated toys are sorted by gender before being packed for the missions. Caltrans Public Affairs employee Jayne Crowder carefully packs all of the donated canned food items.