By: Kayleen Carter
LOS ANGELES COUNTY CSSD
Los Angeles County CSSD participated in the “LA County Charitable Giving Game Plan for Giving Campaign which began in September and ended on November 27th. LA CSSD joined the 36 other county departments to help Los Angeles County exceed its goal of $1 million in donations. Los Angeles County CSSD ended the campaign with the highest rate of employee participation!
Los Angeles County CSSD employees also participated in the 18th annual Holiday Drive, a fun event where staff raised funds and held a toy drive to put holiday baskets together for nominated families in their caseload. On December 18th, those families were given their baskets filled with gift cards, toys, games and other items that the families requested or needed.
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY DCSS
In the spirit of giving, San Joaquin County DCSS staff donated beverages for a Daddy/Daughter Dance that was held on December 8th 2018 in Stockton, CA. Fruitful Cherry, a local non-profit, hosted the event to help men foster healthy relationships with their daughters.
San Joaquin County DCSS also planned a fun day of festivities with their Ugly Sweater Contest and Baking Contest held on December 11th. Congratulations to Greg Price, who was the winner of this year’s Ugly Sweater Contest and Cindy Morady who holds the title of third time winner of the Baking Contest!
STANISLAUS COUNTY DCSS
Stanislaus County DCSS held a Holiday Teddy Bear Drive on November 15th through December 13th, to collect stuffed animals for Jessica’s House. Jessica’s House is a safe place for children, teens, young adults, and their families to find support through talk and play while grieving the death of a loved one. Stanislaus County DCSS staff members helped to collected over 100 stuffed animals for children in need!
More information about Jessica’s House can be found at www.JessicasHouse.org.
SAN MATEO COUNTY DCSS
San Mateo County DCSS partnered with San Mateo County Children’s Fund for the 2018 Holiday Gift Program to provide new gifts to low-income and foster children in the area. San Mateo County DCSS filled a large barrel with toys, books, board games, and monetary donations and secured 20 new bicycles with helmets from Turning Wheels for Kids. San Mateo County DCSS staff made a positive difference in the lives of the children in their caseload by nominating children to the Holiday Gift program’s wish registry. Children were able to make a gift wish with three choices and the Children’s Fund filled all requests.
San Mateo County DCSS staff coordinated the pickup of all gifts and staff were able to personally give each child their gift.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY DCSS
San Bernardino County DCSS held a food drive to tackle hunger that ran for the entire month of October in all three of its agency branches. The food drive benefited the San Bernardino Community Action Partnership to help provide families with meals over the holidays and to help restock food pantries county wide after the holidays.
San Bernardino County DCSS participated in the 30th Annual Toy Drive which benefits the Children’s Fund of San Bernardino County, to help collect gifts for children in need. San Bernardino County DCSS staff donated 75 gifts for children in their communities this holiday season.
San Bernardino County DCSS is hosting an on-going book drive in all three of its branches that aims to provide books for the many children who visit the agency with their parents. Children can read the books while they wait for their parents and are welcome to take the books home when they leave.
SUTTER COUNTY DCSS
Sutter County DCSS held a coat drive from October 19th to December 1st to bring warm clothing to individuals in need in their community. Sutter County DCSS staff members were able to donate 15 new coats to the coat drive.
SOLANO COUNTY DCSS
Solano County DCSS kicked off the holiday season with their Winter Extravaganza held on Tuesday, December 4th. There were plenty of laughs to go around while staff members and guests CA DCSS Director David Kilgore and Regional Administrator Lesley Bell enjoyed a lip sync contest, talent show, ornament exchange, and ugly sweater contest.
TEHAMA COUNTY DCSS
Tehama County DCSS held their fun and festive holiday event “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on December 12th. Children in the community were able to meet Santa Claus at the Los Molinos Center in Tehama County, take pictures with him, and make their very own ornament to take home.
CENTRAL SIERRA CSA
Central Sierra Regional Child Support Agency (Central Sierra CSA) participated in the Amador Children’s Holiday Festival held on December 14th. At the event, each participant represented a country and their holiday traditions. Central Sierra CSA chose Australia, and staff members provided children with koala bear print-outs to cut and decorate and also served “Fairy Bread” a delicacy originating from Australia during the 1920s.
ALAMEDA COUNTY DCSS
Alameda County DCSS started celebrating the holidays early and kicked off a “Season of Sharing” in October with a sock drive. Alameda County DCSS collected almost 1,000 socks for Alameda County Health Care for Homeless, ending the month with a “Wear Your Craziest Socks” day.
Alameda County DCSS held a pajama drive in November for the Social Service Agency’s “Garden of Hope”, which provides clothing and household items for over 400 families in need each month. Staff members held a pajama party to celebrate the piles of pajamas that were donated. Later in the month, the department continued a tradition of adopting a family and collecting gifts and donations for Social Services.
Alameda County DCSS ended the festivities with their second annual Giving Tree contest, held on December 14th. In partnership with the County’s Probation Department, each division received a holiday tree to decorate and collect donations and gifts for six families identified by Juvenile Probation. Probation staff judged the trees during the annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Alameda County DCSS senior leadership, and the Post Order Division took top honors with their Grinch tree.
VENTURA COUNTY DCSS
Ventura County DCSS participated in the 7th annual CAN-Tree Drive on November 30th, an annual fundraising event sponsored by Food Share Inc. Regional Food Bank. Ventura County DCSS donated 600 cans and used their donated cans to build and decorate two CAN-trees that were then placed on display through the weekend.
Ventura County DCSS participated in Operation Snowflake on December 14th, which is an annual event geared towards individuals on active duty, in the National Guard, in the Reserves, and veterans and their families who may be struggling during the holidays. Ventura County DCSS donated 30 toys to be distributed at the Ventura County Military Collaborative’s afternoon with Santa Claus as part of the charity event. The Military Collaborative was very thankful for Ventura County DCSS’ continued support and participation.
NORTH COAST REGIONAL DCSS
North Coast Regional DCSS participated in the Food For People Holiday Spirit Food & Fund Drive for the second year. North Coast Regional DCSS is trying to exceed their goal of 500 pounds in food donations this year. To that end, staff members joined either the Village or Skylight teams and are squaring off against each other to see which team can contribute the highest amount. As of December 14th, Team Village is in the lead with 67 pounds in food donations. Team Skylight, showing combined total bids of $110 (2220 pounds) leads in the silent auction bidding.
SONOMA COUNTY DCSS
Sonoma County DCSS staff gathered 40 gifts for children to help benefit the Salvation Army Angel Tree this year. Staff donated many wonderful gifts to place under the tree to help bring a little joy to children in their local community!
Sonoma County DCSS culminated their holiday activities with a raffle and silent auction held on December 13th. Staff at Sonoma County DCSS raised funds for their annual backpack giveaway, and thanks to their silent auction and bake sales, raised over $3,000 for backpacks and supplies for children!
TULARE COUNTY DCSS
Tulare County DCSS employees donated 171 board games to kindergarten classrooms in Tulare County on December 11th and December 12th. Working closely with two schools, Tulare County DCSS provided a morning of holiday cheer as members from the Outreach Team visited the schools to deliver the board games.
Tulare County DCSS also organized a Sock Drive for the homeless and it was a great success. Participation in this event was voluntary and many employees gave generously – over 1,200 pairs of brand-new socks were donated. The socks collected by the Visalia office went to an emergency homeless shelter for men, women and children in the Visalia area. The socks collected by the Porterville office went to Project Homeless Connect which organizes events for the homeless in the Porterville area. Staff were pleased to learn that some of the socks were going to be put in the Santa Shop at the shelter, bringing even more joy to the children.