CAMERON PARK – At Christmas time many of us take for granted some of the simple things that come with the season such as a decorated tree for our family home. For many, the cost of a Christmas tree could mean sacrificing paying a utility bill or buying enough food to feed their family for the month. Thanks to a recent partnership between Pacific Gas and Electric and the Food Bank of El Dorado County, several less fortunate residents will be enjoying a brighter holiday this year.
“PG&E has been a longtime supporter of the Food Bank of El Dorado County in various events and as annual community partner,” said Mike Sproull, Founder of the Food Bank. “I am glad that by working together we were able to provide 60 trees and lights for members of our less fortunate population who may have otherwise gone without this holiday season.”
Pacific Gas and Electric donated 120 four to five foot tall Noble Fir Trees and Led Lights to El Dorado and Yolo County Food Banks to benefit local families in need this holiday season. PG&E Employees also donated their time to participate in the local outreach, personally delivering the fresh trees to local agencies and personalizing the gift with a special tag for the recipients.
“PG&E is committed to serving the communities in which we live and work every day. This donation is just one of many ways our employees continuously give back in their local areas throughout the year, said Brandi Ehlers, External Communications Representative from PG&E. “We are please to partner with the Food Bank of El Dorado County and be able to brighten the holidays for some local families in need.”
On Monday morning, PG&E rolled into Light of the Hills Church in Cameron Park, one of the Food Bank’s partner charities and distribution sites. A total of 33 trees were distributed to at-risk individuals that turned out for the outreach at the longtime partner of the Food Bank. Later in the morning, the crew rolled up the highway to Foothill Indian Education Alliance where another 27 trees were distributed.
“The current state of the economy has hit Native Families especially hard Many will have to do without the things that were taken for granted during the past holiday season,” said James Marquez, Director of Foothill Indian Education Alliance. “Thanks to the generosity of of PG&E and the Food Bank of El Dorado, several Native families will have a Christmas tree to brighten their homes and their lives.”
The Food Bank of El Dorado County was founded in 2000 and is the largest collaborative charity in El Dorado County. The Food Bank is in partnership with over 30 local emergency food response sites provides assistance on a daily basis from distribution centers that are strategically placed throughout El Dorado County. For further information, please visit the Website, foodbankedc.org