Delivering Toys to Foster Kids for the Holidays

SCE employees switch their hard hats for Santa hats and deliver hundreds of toys to foster children.
By Justin Felles

The holiday season is upon us and Southern California Edison employees want to power a little extra joy for those in need. So crews and staff from several SCE locations, including the Covina and Ontario Service Centers and Pomona Innovation Village office, adopted foster children holiday wish lists and made special deliveries to help brighten the holidays.

Covina Service Center and Pomona Innovation Village Toy Drive

More than 200 employees from SCE’s Covina Service Center and Pomona Innovation Village office adopted 235 foster children wish lists from the McKinley Children’s Center in San Dimas. The employees collected more than $20,000 worth of toys.

“For a lot of our kids, this will be the first time they have a toy or gift under the tree they get to open on Christmas Day, and the generosity of Edison has really made a lot of dreams come true this year,” said Anil Vadaparty, CEO of McKinley Children’s Center.

Ontario Service Center Toy Drive

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A second toy drive led by employees at SCE’s Ontario Service Center adopted 142 foster children wish lists from the Specialized Care Foster Family Agency in Rancho Cucamonga. More than 60 employees collected about $25,000 in toys, teddy bears, duffle bags and backpacks. 

“It was beyond magical seeing the generosity of our crews that helped fulfill wishes. It will be a Christmas miracle for these kids,” said Lori Entzel, an SCE employee giving representative and toy drive organizer in Ontario.

By the Numbers:

  • 235 wish lists from McKinley Children’s Center
  • 142 wish lists from the Specialized Care Foster Family Agency
  • 260 employees donated toys
  • $45,000 total estimated value of gifts
  • 25 teddy bears donated to the foster agency to give kids throughout the year as they enter the system
  • 20 duffle bags and backpacks donated because many kids are removed from their homes with only a few belongings in a trash bag
  • 377 kids receiving a brighter Christmas

Powering joy and happiness this season. Happy holidays.