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KTGY Irvine’s Ada Fermin Serves Santa Ana Community through Spring Holiday Food Pantry Fundraiser
Since its inception in early 2008, KTGY’s Ada Fermin, a project manager in the Irvine office, and her husband, Jose Antonio, have been involved with Serve the People, an organization that initially began as a vision to feed the hungry, poor, needy and homeless of Santa Ana (in Orange County, Calif.). They were instrumental in helping to launch the organization’s Food Pantry by purchasing the first 50 bags of groceries to distribute to underserved members in the community. After realizing the community’s needs for items such as clothing, shoes, diapers, baby food, school supplies, toiletries and other small household products, they were quickly added to the distribution. Then, a free medical clinic operating two days a week providing general medical care for the entire family was added one year later, and then the following year, a legal aid clinic was added. They also instituted an educational program that provides tools, information and support. Ada and her husband are passionate about this organization and have personally contributed $134,000 in cash since 2012 for the organization’s highest priority needs. They take turns serving on the Board of Directors and have done so since its 501(c)3 incorporation in September 2009.
For Christmas and Easter, Serve the People distributes about 400 turkeys each holiday. KTGY has donated to assist Serve the People in purchasing these turkeys so that low-income households can experience the joy of having a whole turkey this coming Easter. Ada is inviting her fellow colleagues at KTGY to volunteer at the Food Pantry on April 4th and help distribute these turkeys and other food and merchandise to the estimated 400 families who will come through the Food Pantry’s lines.