In lieu of cancelled in-person fundraising events due to COVID-19, California Giant Berry Farms has launched an online platform to help support nonprofits working to better the livelihood of community members in the Pajaro Valley area.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has put restrictions on in-person events, such as the Skirt Steak BBQ, Cal Giant has organized an online platform to overcome this year’s unprecedented challenges and give back to the community.
The fundraising event will take place through Nov. 30, with Partnership for Children featured the week of Oct. 12, and donors are asked to contribute at the Spreading Smiles GoFundMe page. See www.gofundme.com/california-giant-spreading-smiles/donate
California Giant Berry Farms will match these donations up to $20,000.
The goal is to raise $35,000.
The total amount raised will be distributed in time for the holiday season to the following nonprofits: CASA of Santa Cruz County, DigitalNEST, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services, Kinship Center, Chamberlain’s Youth Services, Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes, Pajaro Valley Shelter Services, Partnership for Children, Salvation Army, Santa’s Workshop, Toys for Tots and Teen Kitchen Project.
Since 2007, Partnership for Children has provided transportation and support services for children with life-threatening conditions living in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Once the pandemic arrived, however, it became more difficult to fund this compassionate care.
“All of us at Partnership for Children realized we had to strategize and respond as quickly as possible to assist families in a time of such great need — but we knew we needed help,” said Jennifer L. Ramirez, executive director for PFC. “California Giant’s program ‘Spreading Smiles’ will do just that for children and families in need.”
To make a donation through Cal Giant, visit promos.calgiant.com/california-giant-spreading-smiles and click DONATE NOW.