El Monte/South El Monte Emergency Resource Association Holiday Food and Toy Distribution
The El Monte/South El Monte Emergency Resources Association (ERA) hosted their Annual Food and Toy Giveaway. This year marks the 56th year for the Association providing Christmas baskets to the communities of El Monte and South El Monte.
The event was coordinated by ERA Executive Director, Lillian Rey, and ERA President Ricardo Padilla, as well as board members, Salvador Ramirez, Maggie Rodriguez, and Maria Elena Talamantes. Additional participation included United States Marines from several offices, as well as volunteers from several high schools, who generously donated their time. Retired Superintendent Mr. Jeff Seymour – El Monte City School District and Rob Bolster- Civitan provided transportation. Over 600 families were assisted by the ERA. Highlights of the event included an MTA bus loaded with gifts and Santa Claus with his elves. Children were able to have their picture taken with Santa. Emotional speech by ERA president, Ricardo Padilla, gave praise and thanks to all participants of this major undertaking.