Classified Senate Thanksgiving Drive Aimed to Benefit Current and Retired Employees
The Classified Senate made Thanksgiving a little easier for five current and retired San Bernardino Valley College employees.
The first Classified Senate Thanksgiving Drive was held in 2004 “in order to give back to any classified employees that were having a hardship,” Treasurer Phylicia Sanchez said. Every year since, individuals, businesses, and groups like the Teamsters Local 63 have donated food, money, and gift cards for the cause.
“Prior to the pandemic, classified employees and management would donate nonperishable goods and turkeys to make actual Thanksgiving baskets,” Sanchez said. “Due to the virus, we wanted to keep everyone safe, so instead this year we asked for donations to purchase gift cards for the families that are in need. We also wanted the families to be able to purchase groceries to make their traditional Thanksgiving dinner.”
There were 16 donors this year, and their gifts helped four current classified employees, as well as one retiree. All of them were “very grateful for the assistance during these difficult times,” Sanchez said.