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"Sweets Sweep" Candy Donation Drive

Several Wellness Champions around the County have collected unwanted candy during the week of Halloween to donate to the troops overseas. Instead of leaving excess candy in break rooms and on shared counters, they're "sweeping" their office of sweets to give as a gift to troops who have been away from home.

These sweet treats are given as part of the care packages that Operation Gratitude sends to tens of thousands of men and women who are still deployed overseas in harsh and remote areas, to their children, and to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Heroes, and their caregivers. Last year, County departments and divisions collectively donated 173 lbs. of candy to the troops!

As of 2017, Operation Gratitude has been able to send more than 1.7 million care packages containing snacks, hygiene products, entertainment, handmade items, and personal letters of appreciation. 

One former Navy Sailor and current New York Police Department Officer recently wrote:

"Every box, every piece of paper, every cloth, every book, every pen, every pencil, every notebook, every brush, every tooth paste, every shower gel, every puzzle, every magazine, every letter, every piece of candy... means a lot to us when we are away from home. It gives us Hope, Confidence, Happiness, Strength & Pride that somebody thinks about us, and that someone is there for us. Thank you all. God Bless America."

See photos of candy donations from County departments and divisions on the Employee Wellness Yammer Group. Thank you to participating departments and divisions!

  • Aging & Adult Services (Cristina Ugaitafa)
  • Assessors, Clerk, Elections (Marsha Winters and Baljit Atwal)
  • Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (Teri Jones)
  • County Counsel (Jennifer Stalzer Kraske)
  • First 5 (Emily Roberts)
  • Health IT (Phil Chou)
  • Human Resources (Lillian Lilles)
  • Human Services Agency (Jamie Davis)
  • Treasurer-Tax Collector-Revenue Services (Tiffany Htwe)

All current letters and photos of thanks are on the Operation Gratitude Facebook page

Disaster Relief Effort

Due to the recent hurricane events, many Wellness Champions also collected items to aid the First Responders who are stationed at the sites affected by the recent hurricanes. Employees all around the County were invited to take part in this effort by donating items, such as hand and foot warmers, snack bars, socks of any size and color, toiletries, and more. 

See photos of disaster relief donations from County departments and divisions on the Employee Wellness Yammer Group. Thank you to participating departments and divisions!

  • Aging & Adult Services (Cristina Ugaitafa)
  • Assessors, Clerk, Elections (Marsha Winters and Baljit Atwal)
  • Human Resources (Lillian Lilles)
  • Human Services Agency (Jamie Davis)
  • Office of Sustainability (Juda Tolmasoff and Rachael Londer)
  • Treasurer-Tax Collector-Revenue Services (Tiffany Htwe)

These donation drives are part of a voluntary wellness event supported by the Employee Wellness Program and County Wellness Committee to encourage a healthier, supportive work environment for employees.