Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, my wife and I wondered how we could help people struggling to put food on their tables because of COVID-19. She said, “Why don’t we start our own food drive in the neighborhood?” I agreed it was a great idea. So we started emailing our neighbors whom we have come to know over the years. We asked them to put together an Easter basket (a bag) at the curb of their homes and we would come by and pick them up at 4PM. We told them we would deliver the “baskets” to the Encinitas Community Resource Center the next day. For 40 years, this center has provided basic needs for families in crisis. The center has been a key support system for people suffering from homelessness, low income, and domestic violence. Sunday afternoon, my wife and I couldn’t believe the amazing generosity of our neighbors. We drove down each street looking for Easter “baskets” at the curb. It was sort of like an old-fashioned scavenger hunt. We couldn’t believe our eyes! We found baskets everywhere. All counted, we collected more than 40 of them stuffed with food and household items, even some treats for the kids. On Easter Monday, we drove to the Community Resource Center wearing our masks and gloves and carrying a car full of essential items. The Resource Center staff greeted us also wearing masks, but you could see the smiles in their eyes. This will be an Easter we will never forget. We witnessed such generosity from our neighbors and such determination from volunteers who were not going to let COVID-19 stop them from helping others when they needed it most.

Feeding San Diego

In February, before the pandemic began, the financial advisors of the Walton & Hitt Group joined other volunteers for an afternoon at Feeding San Diego. For 13 years, this organization has helped feed the hungry in our community. Together we were able to pack over 3500 pears and about 5000 pounds of apples to create healthy meals for needy families. As long-time San Diegans, we are dedicated to proudly supporting our hometown.

Giving Back

The Walton & Hitt Group of Wells Fargo Advisors thinks it is very important to give back to the community. On Saturday, September 21st, Mark Walton, Managing Director- Investments , was asked to represent Wells Fargo & Company as its local spokesperson for I Love a Clean San Diego and its Coastal Clean Up Day.  Mark talked about the hundreds of hours Wells Fargo employees dedicate each year to clean up the environment in southern California. Mark then joined his colleague, Bob Kinslow, Financial Advisor,  and dozens of other volunteers to clean up the areas around Mission Bay and Pacific Beach.