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WATSONVILLE, CA -- Everyone at California Giant Berry Farms rolled up their sleeves as they hosted a community barbecue July 12 to support two local charities.

This year marks the sixth annual Skirt Steak Fundraiser BBQ, held at California Giant offices here, and the company found support to be just as strong as ever within the community.

Over 600 lunches were prepared by the staff served to members of the community this year benefiting two local charities. Jacob's Heart Foundation and Children's Hospice were both on hand at the event to help distribute information about their organizations and to help sell drinks to those enjoying lunch at California Giant.

Both organizations work together to support families in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties that have children battling cancer or other life-threatening illness. Because of their efforts, families gain support they need to improve the quality of life for their children and the challenges they face every day as they fight serious disease and illnesses.

One of the highlights at the event was the gift of homemade blankets made by California Giant staff for Children's' Hospice since it had expressed a need for cozy blankets to provide young children as they undergo treatments and hospital stays. In true form, the blankets were made with brightly colored fabric covered in strawberries.

"It was great to see our employees working together to support two very worthy organizations and bring so many members of our community together for a good cause," California Giant President Bill Moncovich said in a July 13 press release.

Pat Riordan, co-owner of the company, added in the release, "We continue to be impressed by our staff as they show passion for volunteerism and support the community with a variety of fundraisers all year long."

At the end of the day, the company barbecue held by California Giant Berry Farms staff raised over $6,000 for the two charities. This event builds on a fundraiser held last month that benefited the local chapter of the Salvation Army. That fundraiser raised in excess of $4,000 toward a permanent structure that will provide shelter for the Salvation Army dining area where over 200 meals are served each day by volunteers, according to the release.