Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) coordinaates services and supports for more than 18,000 people in Orange County who have developmental disabilities - conditions such as autism, intellectual disablilities, cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy. Many families in Orange County who have children with disabilities have very low incomes and cannot afford to buy holiday presents for their little ones. Some of the adults with disabilities whom we serve do not have families and would not receive holiday gifts were it not for the generosity of others such as you and your staff members.
Once again, this Christmas season, school bus professionals had the privilege to give back to the community they serve. Through a partnership with the Regional Center of Orange County and CASTO Chapter 2, they participated in the "Giving Tree", a program designed to provide holiday gifts to individuals with lifelong developmental disabilities. Regional Center Senior Service Coordinator, Larry Maltz, appreciates the partnership between school bus professionals and the center, arelationship that began more than 25 years ago.
From its inception, school bus drivers and others wanted to be certain former students were not forgotten duting the holidays. The center is able to identify older, former student passengers and asks each for three holiday gift wishes. Through monetary donations solicited at CASTO events and members "adopting" individuals, these wishes are granted. School bus professionals are pleased to continue to care for their former students through the Regional Center.
Anyone interested in the Regional Center "Giving Tree" project can contact Jennifer Casteel at 714-796-5330. Gifts and monetary donations are accepted throughout the year.