Local company collects donations to help others get back in the workforce

Drop off donations at The Mission At Kern

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Holiday shopping season is in full swing and while many people may be crossing clothing and the newest gadgets off their wish lists, there are other people who want something much simpler, to get back to work.

The Associated Builders and Contractors Central California Chapter is currently collecting gently used work clothes and boots to help men and women down on their luck get back in the workforce.

23ABC spoke with Bill Buzzell, Workforce Development Director for ABC, about this unique donation drive within the company.

"First night I saw a few people coming up with small bags and a few donations and I thought 'well this won't be that bad' and I told our coordinator that was working with us and within five minutes we were swamped", Buzzell explained.

One room is already filled with donated work clothes as well as food and toiletries but it's more than just stuff, it's a monument to people dedicated to paying it forward.

Buzzell said, "a lot of them (workers) are at entry level positions, they're struggling to get by on their own, but they know what it's like to be there and so they're reaching out and helping folks that need that hand".

If you would like to set up your own donation drive like this one for The Mission at Kern you can give organizer's a call at 325-4565 or drop donations off at 816 E. 21st Street.


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