McClellan, CA – McClellan Business Park, LLC raised a record $35,000 this year to purchase groceries and gifts to help 300 local families in need.
The business park donated $8,000 to needy families in the neighborhood. Then it collected another $27,000 in donations from tenants, vendors, and employees for a total of $35,000. The money was used to make boxes of food for 300 local families in need.
In the last 10 years, McClellan Park has helped provide a brighter holiday for more than 1,430 local families who are living at or below poverty level. Last year, McClellan Park raised $30,000 and provided 280 Holiday Baskets to local families.
This year, 300 families will receive a holiday basket filled with all the ingredients for a holiday meal, a $50.00 grocery gift card, a board game along with additional staple items such as locally grown fresh fruit, oatmeal, soup, tuna, peanut butter, pasta, spaghetti sauce, mac n cheese, hot chocolate, granola bars, and powdered milk. The families all have children at one of five area schools – Gateway Community Charters, Bell Avenue, F.C. Joyce, Dry Creek, and Madison Elementary School.
“For most of these children, the only meal they receive is at school, so it was important to try to fill that gap again this year,” said Charity Committee Co-Chair, Magee Duke. “We hope the addition of the staples will help feed the children during the holiday break.”
With the additional money raised, McClellan Park was also able to donate $1000 to the “Adopt-a-Family” program and provide gifts and a holiday meal to two local families. Adopt-a-Family is sponsored by North Sac News in conjunction with Sacramento Helping Hands.
McClellan Park made a donation, in lieu of holiday gifts, on behalf of its tenants and vendors to The Holiday Food Basket Program. “We’ve made the Holiday Baskets part of our year-round operation. Many of these families would not have a holiday meal without the support of more than 100 of our employees, tenants, and vendors,” McClellan Park president Larry Kelley said.