Following a water heater accident that claimed the life of a Stockton-area man last month, Cal Water collected and will present a donation of about $10,000 to his family on Dec. 13, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. at Edison High School in Stockton, Calif.
Jaime Gonzalez, a father of three and Cal Water customer, was trying to fix his hot water heater; the blast also caused fire damage to the family home. The funds were donated by Cal Water, business partners, and individual donors.
After hearing about the tragedy on the news, Cal Water Interim Lead Conservation Coordinator Trish Herron was compelled to help raise funds for the family.
“Here you have two kids, one who is in his senior year of high school, and they have lost so much,” said Herron. “As a mother, this really struck me, and I wanted to help the children and family as much as I could. Cal Water and our community partners stepped in so that this family didn’t also have financial stress adding to their heartache.”
Herron, who is continuing to look for ways to assist the family, says there is still time for those who want to donate. Donations can be made by contacting Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org or Edison High School, where Jaime’s son attends.
“At Cal Water, we are not just a company – we are also part of the communities we serve,” said Stockton District Manager John Freeman. “When we hear about devastating events like this in our service areas, we want to support our community members as much as we possibly can.”
Cal Water contributions including this one come from its shareholders as part of the utility’s philanthropic giving program, not from ratepayer funds.