Generous Donations Bring Holiday Cheer to PV Loaves & Fishes
While Pajaro Valley Loaves & Fishes benefits from the generosity of our community year-round, our supporters go above and beyond during the holidays to bring the joy of the season to our neighbors in need. We would like to acknowledge some of these special gifts that truly made it a happier holiday for those we serve.
Many thanks to:
Toys for Tots - Coordinator Delilah Valadez, all her elves, and all those who donated toys - for providing holidays gifts for 671 children from our pantry client families;
Holy Eucharist Catholic Church parishioners for donating over 60 presents for children served by our pantry and lunch programs;
West Marine, for donating several hundred pieces of new men's clothing for our lunch program clients;
S. Martinelli & Co. for donating dozens of cases of sparkling cider and juice for our holiday celebration;
The students of CEIBA College Preparatory Academy for volunteering in support of our holiday efforts and making holiday cards for our lunch program clients;
The anonymous donors who provided 70 pounds of pork for our Christmas tamales and funds to purchase additional ingredients for our holiday meal;
Local businesses and organizations - such as Lakeside Organic Gardens, Dobler & Sons LLC, the Cal Giant Foundation, the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, NALC Branch 857, the Sons of Italy of Watsonville, Holy Eucharist Catholic Church, La Selva Beach Community Church, St. Patrick's Church, and the El Pajaro Institute YLI - for including us in their holiday giving;
And all the volunteers who gave their time and all the donors who provided monetary support.
One elderly lunch client told us, "The best part of my holiday was the lunch here and the new shirts I received. Those tamales were delicious!" We thank you for helping us to brighten the holiday season for all those we serve, from children to the elderly. Your generous support reminds them that even during tough times, there are many people in our community who care about them.