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Last year Caltrans employees filled the gift cage to full capacity.

Caltrans Helps To Bring Holiday Joy to Angelenos
by  Patrick Chandler
Issue Date: 11/2010

District 7 employees look forward to this year’s Toy and Food Drive to help the less fortunate in Los Angeles.

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Even with furloughs, reduced pay, and tough times, District 7 employees donated several hundreds of pounds of food, along with new toys and clothes for the less fortunate during last year’s Toy and Food Drive. Every office in the district, even maintenance yards in the farthest reaches of the district, participated in helping to bring a moment of joy to those in need.

“Caltrans is part of the community and we must show our neighbors that we are more than just a bureaucracy, we are an organization filled with thoughtful and caring people,” said District Director Mike Miles.

Once again, Caltrans has teamed up with the Union Rescue Mission , and the Los Angeles Mission [hyperlink], and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank . Each of these charitable organizations provides assistance to children, families, and the homeless throughout Los Angeles.

District 7’s Toy and Food Drive will begin on December 1 and end the 22nd.

Even the smallest donation can help someone in need.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank serves one million people annually in Los Angeles County and provides food to 580 charitable organizations. “This year the Food Bank has seen a 44 percent increase in food assistance requests,” said Communications Director, Darren Hoffman. “We are serving more and more people, even middle-class residents who have not been able to find a job in the last 18 months. This is the worse that we have seen.”

District 7 has also partnered with the Union Rescue Mission (URM).

“We fed nearly 1.3 million meals to people experiencing homelessness last year and expect to do more this year as we face the most challenging time in our 119-year history,” said URM Chief Executive Officer, Reverend Andy Bales. “URM is the only agency in Los Angeles that houses two parent-families, single dads with children, single moms with children, and teen-age children. We house over 1000 people experiencing homelessness each night, nearly 1,800 during the winter shelter season -- December through March.”

Caltrans employees have volunteered to support the food drive effort every year.

“Each year, we look forward to partnering with the Missions and the Food Bank to do our part, and help them out in any way possible,” said Public Affairs Officer Yessica Jovel. “District 7 employees never fail to amaze me with their generosity, especially during difficult economic times. I am confident that we will continue with the same giving tradition that has become a standard for our District.”

How You Can Help.

Food, toys, and clothes can be dropped off downstairs in the reception area or brought to Public Affairs on the thirteenth floor. Monetary donations can be made directly to the Los Angeles Food Bank by clicking here. Additionally, donation boxes will be available at each maintenance region office.

Donations can include:

Personal care items:
Deodorant
Shampoo
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Mouthwash
Zip lock bags
Other necessary toiletries

Non-perishable food (canned and recently purchased):
Canned fruit
Cereal
Oatmeal
Pancake mix
Coffee
Tea
Powdered milk
Granola bars
Tuna
Spaghetti and sauce
Rice
Beans

Clothes
New clothes for men, women, children, and infants
New socks
Jackets
Gift cards
Gently used business attire

New unwrapped toys only

For more information, please contact Yessica Jovel, Jayne Crowder, or Marcia Graves in the Public Affairs Office at 213-897-3656.