09:28 AM

SRP Employees and Elementary Students Will Stuff a School Bus with Holiday Gifts on Monday

Producer Note:
Morning show live shots can be coordinated in advance of the morning of Monday, Dec. 5. Contact Kathleen at kathleen.mascarenas@srpnet.com.
Day of contact: Julie Frisoni: 623-640-8254 

It's not quite the North Pole, but Salt River Project’s corporate headquarters in Tempe will be bustling with honorary elves working to spread holiday cheer for children in need this year. On Monday morning, students from Fowler Elementary School in southwest Phoenix will arrive at SRP in a school bus for the 27th annual Salt River Project Adopt-an-Angel where employees donate wrapped toys to underprivileged students.

SRP’s Senior Community Stewardship representative Jen Martyn has organized the event for 25 years. The holiday toy drive started in 1995 and during that time, SRP employees donated more than 11,200 gifts.

“What I love most about this annual event is seeing the excitement and joy on the children’s faces,” said Martyn. “Our employees get equally as excited. Witnessing kids benefit from our employees’ efforts is truly heartwarming and a great way to kick off the holiday season.”

The Fowler Elementary School District school bus will arrive at SRP’s Project Administration Building, where student council members will sing holiday carols to SRP employees. Afterward, SRP employees and students will load the school bus with wrapped presents. Students and employees will be available for interviews.

Monday, Dec. 5th at 10 a.m. (employees, students & Santa will stuff the bus)

SRP Administration Building
1500 N. Mill Avenue in Tempe

In addition to the gift drive, SRP employees collected and donated about 113,000 canned food items for its 27th annual Canned Food Drive. SRP employees have donated more than 2.5 million cans of food to benefit food banks around the state, The Salvation Army, St. Mary’s Food Bank and the United Food Bank.

About SRP

SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest electricity provider in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving approximately 1.1 million customers. SRP provides water to about half of the Valley’s residents, delivering more than 244 billion gallons of water (750,000 acre-feet) each year, and manages a 13,000-square-mile watershed that includes an extensive system of reservoirs, wells, canals and irrigation laterals.