Bags of toys for the Giving Tree project benefitting foster children in Lycoming County surround the district office Christmas tree before being delivered.
Most of the bikes purchased in this year’s campaign briefly lined the district office front hallway before they were delivered to the Toys for Tots Campaign.
Food barrels are loaded onto the food bank truck following the annual food fight in the district office.
Montoursville - PennDOT employees in Engineering District 3-0 in north central Pennsylvania opened their hearts wide to a variety of charitable and community causes throughout the past year.
At various times, employees in the district office engaged in projects and fundraisers benefitting the State Employees’ Combined Appeal (SECA) – an umbrella organization serving over 1,000 charities, the Central PA Food Bank, the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots campaign and the Families United Network foster agency Christmas program.
In the fall, along with direct solicitation of employees to make a contribution, a series of lunchtime fundraisers was conducted by employees in the district office and county maintenance organizations for the SECA campaign, which raised more than $43,000 to help many charities.
During December, district office employees held a friendly “food fight” competition, pitting each of the main units – construction, design, maintenance and administration – against each other to see which could gather the most food. Employees donated in food and cash the equivalent of 2.5 tons of food (5,027 lb. total), which was donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for distribution to needy families.
Starting in the spring months, a series of lunchtime food-based fundraisers was conceived and carried out by a small group of employees to raise money to buy bicycles for the Third Annual Bill Craver Bikes for Tykes project, a part of the district’s usual participation in the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots campaign. This year, thanks to the participation and generosity of many district employees, the effort raised over $1,800 which allowed the employees to purchase and assemble 43 bicycles for the Toys for Tots effort. The bicycle drive was named in honor of the late Bill Craver, who served as a PennDOT highway maintenance worker in Lycoming County until his retirement. Bill was known for his personal donation of a dozen or so bicycles to charity each year. In addition to the bikes, employees donated 73 other toys and games to Toys for Tots.
During December, two employees led a benefit for children served in the foster care program of Families United Network. Ornament cards on the Christmas tree in the district office conference room carried the first name and age of children available to “adopt” for the Christmastime program. Each included a wish list from the child. District employees “adopted” 35 children, and delivered about 50 bags full of gifts for them.
In a personal note to employees, District Executive Sandra Tosca said, “You continue to show the importance of our community and helping those in need, which demonstrates your true values. Through your hard work and donations, we have been able to help our communities in a number of ways. Thank you for your generosity. I am grateful for the outstanding team we have in District 3-0.”
(Information Provided by Rick Mason-PennDOT Information Officer)
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