IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. - Imperial Irrigation District employees provided winter clothing on Thursday to abused or neglected children in foster care throughout Imperial County who are represented by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Imperial County.
"Share the Warmth" is a winter clothing drive organized by IID employees to hand out winter clothing for those in foster care.
Since mid-November, employees have been making financial contributions and filling collection boxes located throughout the district with more than 700 articles of clothing, including, new sweaters, blankets, beanies, gloves, jackets, thermals, socks and more to benefit the children.
“We are fortunate to have the IID step up to meet an unmet, basic need,” said CASA Board President Chuck Fisher, whose agency represents 400 foster care children. “The foster care journey can be traumatic. Clothing is something these children can take from place to place. It’s a perfect gift.”
The IID employees who organized the district’s winter clothing drive encouraged their fellow workers to “work together to make this a more cheerful season for the communities we serve.” The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission received clothing donated by IID employees from the district’s La Quinta Division.
“It’s heart-warming to see this most worthy cause be so successful, touching so many lives. We’re proud of IID’s commitment to serve the community and moved by the generosity extended to others, especially during this time of year, " said IID Board President Bruce Kuhn.