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Cal Water’s Annual "Operation Gobble" program helps Stockton needy

Cal Water’s Annual "Operation Gobble" program helps Stockton needy

For the 25th consecutive year, California Water Service Company (Cal Water) donated Thanksgiving turkeys to local needy families through a program called "Operation Gobble."

Since its inception in 1988, the state-wide program has fed hundreds of thousands of needy people. Local legislators participated in the program by recommending charities in their districts that can help with distribution.

This year, Cal Water distributed 800 $15 gift certificates, good for the purchase of a turkey or any turkey product, to local charities. Donating gift certificates rather than frozen turkeys gives additional flexibility to the charities and families that participate in the program. For example, if a family does not wish to prepare a whole turkey, it can purchase ground turkey, turkey breasts, or even turkey bacon. And distributing gift certificates rather than heavy frozen birds eliminates the need for delivery trucks, which is better for the environment.

Niagara Water holds friendly competition to raise donations for Food Bank

Niagara Water holds friendly competition to raise donations for Food Bank

Employees at Niagara Bottling Company in Stockton recently held a competitive food drive to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides and distributes food to more than 35,000 people in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

Niagara organized a friendly competition between the shipping, management, maintenance and production departments to see who could donate the most food. The winner was chosen by donation weight and each winning team member received lunch and $20 of "Niagara bucks". 

The winner was the maintenance department with 160 pounds of food. Altogether they raised 404 pounds of food for Second Harvest food Bank!

San Joaquin USA doctors join typhoon relief efforts in Philippines

Dr. Katherine Gabon Cadacio of Stockton flew out of San Francisco International Airport last night bound for her homeland. It won't be a vacation.

Cadacio, 42, a family medicine doctor at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices on West Lane, is going home to the Philippines on a mission to do what she can to relieve some of the pain and suffering wreaked by the effects of Typhoon Haiyan two weeks ago.

Another area physician, Dr. Bill King, 59, a Kaiser assistant-physician-in-chief based in Manteca, is on call to follow Cadacio to the devastated island nation. They will be among more than 140 Kaiser doctors, nurses and other medical professionals from the large health provider's Northern California network who have signed up to spend two weeks in the disaster zone.



A team of accountants from Moss Adams LLP in Stockton, CA helped fill Thanksgiving boxes this past Friday, November 15.  The team assisted the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin prepare for the Thanksgiving Big Box Giveaway scheduled for November 26th . This annual give-away will distribute over 2,000 meals to families in the San Joaquin County.

Moss Adams is a full service accounting firm with locations across California and is the fifth largest accounting firm in the state.   

The Central California office focuses on providing audit, tax and consulting services in various industries including food and agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution as well as many others.

Moss Adams is celebrating its 100 year anniversary as a firm in 2013.

San Joaquin USA citizens honored for contributions

The Woodbridge Municipal Advisory Council has honored long-time Woodbridge resident Tasso Kandris as the community's Citizen of the Year, restaurant owner Steve Ding was named Woodbridge Businessman of the Year, and the Elks Lodge was honored as the top nonprofit service organization.

Kandris has been credited for helping improve downtown Woodbridge's appearance and creation of a Neighborhood Watch program.

Ding, former chief of staff for ex-congressman Richard Pombo, owns Woodbridge Crossing, a restaurant. He's credited with establishing the town's first Farmer's Market and organizing car shows.

The Lodi Elks Lodge has been involved in numerous  community projects including providing space for local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, civic meetings and blood drives as well as organizing some of the annual Memorial Day observances events.