With many unemployed or furloughed people the food banks have had an incredible task on their hands to help vulnerable families and individuals with food. Enter the “Xooglers”, a group of former Google employees that got together with other tech alumni groups from companies like Microsoft, PayPal, and Adobe. They conducted their own challenges to fundraise. The original goal was to raise $500,000 but in just a few days the group was able to raise, $615,000 and just 8 days after that the match was made by philanthropic donors bringing the total to $1.23 million.
What I really loved reading in the article published by the Mercury news is when Doug Edwards, one of the Xooglers involved in this fundraising campaign said, “There’s so much wealth in the valley and such an incredible need right now, that we all need to do our part. It seems a no brainer that those who have profited from this community should be the first to give back.”
The money raised will go towards programs like the senior citizen grocery delivery program and more.
Thank you so much to all that donated, the philanthropists, and all of the Xooglers and individuals that gave their time and efforts in making this happen. The community is thankful.