We have all seen, heard or personally experienced the impact The Kindness Fund has had on our employees. We support each other during our times of need because we are a family. During the Covid pandemic, The Kindness Fund lived its purpose: to provide assistance to CPK employees who have a sudden financial emergency due to a catastrophe or crisis in their life. Since March 2020, The Kindness Fund has granted over one million dollars to our CPK family. We’re so proud that our little charity had the ability to make such a big difference! Now it is time to focus on rebuilding the fund in order to continue with its purpose. With that, we are excited to announce a new campaign that has launched today and run until November 30th. To kick off the campaign, CPK will make an initial donation of $5,000 on our new Kindness Fund GoFundMe page and then match up to an additional $5,000 from donations made by you through GoFundMe, Calibrate or a pledge!
Below are examples of how The Kindness Fund has made an impact:
Adelaido Aguilar, our 18-year Pasta Cook in Fashion Valley, began suffering from complications of COVID after being diagnosed with the virus. His condition took a turn for the worse and he was admitted to the ICU. His family was told they should consider taking him off life support as his condition was not improving. Adelaido’s family prayed for a miracle to save their father, son, and brother. After weeks in the ICU, his body started responding to treatment and his health slowly improved. During this time, our fund and the Fashion Valley team stepped in to assist with payments of rent, utilities, and groceries for his family of seven. Adelaido was moved to a rehabilitation facility in July, where he would learn to regain basic skills he had lost due to his illness. His positive attitude and growing strength help him to improve his health on a daily basis. We are very happy to report that Adelaido will return to CPK in November.
Jose Camacho, our Prep Cook at Rainbow Harbor, suffered physically and financially due to COVID. Jose and his wife were both diagnosed with COVID, leaving them out of work and unable to pay rent or utilities. Jose’s wife was admitted to the hospital as her symptoms worsened, leaving Jose to take care of their two young children. With no other means of support, Jose and his family turned to The Kindness Fund for help. Because of your support, we were able to immediately assist this family and pay back rent and keep utilities on. Jose has now fully recovered and returned to work, while his wife is still on her road to recovery. We continue to keep Jose and his family in our thoughts!