The employees of CDCR’s SOMS (Strategic Offender Management System) project team have been busy this holiday season supporting two efforts to benefit individuals and families in the Sacramento community – the 2012 State Employees’ Food Drive and the Volunteer Center of Sacramento Adopt-A-Family program.

The project team coordinated a canned/boxed food drive competition, in support of the 2012 State Employees’ Food Drive.  Eight teams of five members each competed over a four-week period to see which could generate the most food donations.

Teams with names like “The Cantastics,” “The Holiday SLED Dawgs” and “The No Can Do’s” used various means, including social media, to generate contributions in an effort to take the top spot in the competition.

The teams’ enterprising efforts paid off with a total of 7,675 canned or boxed food items weighing more than 4,574 pounds donated to benefit California Emergency Foodlink and Sacramento area food banks.

“The effort was just tremendous, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Margaret Healy, chief operating officer at California Emergency Foodlink.

SOMS employees also coordinated efforts to purchase more than 60 items from a wants/needs wish list for two Sacramento area families struggling to make ends meet this holiday season.  The project team, in partnership with Volunteer Center of Sacramento, solicited gifts and held a holiday centerpiece and baked goods raffle to raise money to purchase gifts for the adopted families.

The SOMS team made sure every item was purchased, wrapped and delivered in time for Christmas.  Grocery gift cards were also purchased to enable families to buy food for their holiday meals.

Team members donated wrapping paper and bows and held a gift-wrapping party.  The Volunteer Center of Sacramento was founded in 1962.  The Adopt-A-Family Program provides food and gifts for local low-income families during the holiday season.