Help a Family-in-Need

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

Working for a nonprofit is a labor of love. There is a level of dedication and compassion for the cause that surpasses anything I have seen in the corporate world. This often leaks out into other causes and charities that we have a soft spot for. I just want to take a moment to thank our staff for what they have done lately for others outside our Zoo family and highlight those great organizations.

Sacramento Food Bank
Throughout the month of November we collected dozens of barrels of food for families in need over the holidays. They need food all year round, so please continue supporting them.

Toys for Tots
The US Marine Corps collects new, unwrapped toys to distribute to needy kids in the community. The Zoo is a drop off location, and we will give you a free child's admission to say thanks.

Adopt a Family in Need
The Marketing Manager, Kim, found a family of eight through a local church that has been struggling and could use some help over the holidays. Pam, our Development Director has headed up the cause to collect clothes, toys, grocery gift cards and of course, a Sacramento Zoo Membership for the family. Next week they will play Santa and deliver all the gifts.

Warm Meal for the Homeless
After a recent holiday party for Zoo staff, we had leftover food that was most likely going to be thrown away. A handful of Zoo employees couldn't bear to see it wasted so they packaged the food up and shared it with some folks that may have not had a warm meal for quite a while. Thanks to Lara, Brooke, Art, Amanda, Brandon, Serina and Alison for having such big hearts!

Heifer International
Heifer International donates animals to people all over the world to improve their living condition. You can purchase a cow for family and they will be trained on how to raise it, care for it and use the milk. They also share that milk with neighbors. Some of the staff have voluntarily donated their portion of their end-of-year Trader Joe's gift card to Heifer International. Last year $800 was donated by the staff.

In this tough economic time, most everyone is sacrificing and struggling to some degree. I am grateful that there are great organizations out there for people to turn to when they find themselves in need. Please consider supporting one of them to help a family less fortunate than your own. It is a season of charity and compassion and I am once again very proud to be part of an organization that values both.

Here are some more of our favorites:
Sacramento Crisis Nursery
Loaves and Fishes
Coats for Kids
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