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City Light Employees Raise over $8,000 in Holiday Donations

With our holidays looking a little different this season, one thing has stayed the same at City Light: our employees’ dedication to giving back. The City Light giving workshops have been busy this holiday season, with our employee elves spreading a little extra cheer across the region.

Up north at Boundary, employees donated over $3,000 at their annual fundraising event. “We wanted to help underprivileged kids and their families get through the holidays,” shared event organizer and City Light employee Bear Holter. Past holiday events included an employee potluck with delicious homemade treats and an in-person auction, but this year the Boundary crew decided to alter the format to keep everyone safe and healthy. Though the food festivities were halted, employees donated items for a socially distanced auction, splitting proceeds between the Tree of Sharing and the local Ione Food Bank.

“We are so proud of the generosity and selflessness of our employees to continue this tradition of giving to those in our area in a time where every act of kindness matters,” Bear expressed.

Further south, employees at the North and South Service Centers shifted their usual employee celebration and united in a new way by organizing a Toys for Tots toy drive!

“The service center holiday celebrations have been a long-standing tradition for our folks with many retirees/families involved over the years,” City Light’s Erica Gaur explained. “It was very exciting to see everyone come together and stay in the true holiday spirit, especially during these times.”

Together, the service centers donated over $4,000 in toy donations (filling up a 10-yard dump truck full of toys!) and have aspirations of spreading cheer with future holiday toy drives.

But it doesn’t end there. Our Environment, Land and Licensing Business Unit (ELLBU) showed their support in holiday giving by putting together a fun trivia challenge in which they raised over $1,500 for Project Share.

ELLBU’s virtual fundraiser for Project Share

From near, far, and everywhere in between, the holiday spirit shines through our employees and the collective efforts to give back to local communities and causes. And that makes for a very good day at
the City Light giving workshops.

A huge thanks to Bear Holter and Janet Hart from Boundary; Robert Santoff, Tosha Siebert and Erica Gaur from the North and South Service Centers; and Cierra Holland Purcell from ELLBU for sharing their work to support those within the community and in spreading the holiday spirit throughout City Light.