Stemilt Growers employees contributed to provide Christmas presents to 188 foster children from the area.

The gift-giving program was organized by Stemilt’s Community Investment Committee to benefit children under the care of either Washington state’s Division of Child & Family Services in Wenatchee or the Community Resource Group of Wenatchee/Yakima, according to a news release.

“Giving back to local children is a priority of ours at Stemilt and I’m proud of the enthusiasm and generosity our team shows every year in supporting those in foster care in our community,” said West Mathison, Stemilt’s president, in the release. “It’s an honor to work alongside so many caring people.”

Owens Barrios, program manager for Community Resource Group, said his group is grateful for the partnership of Stemilt, which started five years ago.

“Every year their team steps up to fill these Christmas wishes and puts a smile on the faces of many children in our community,” Barrios said in the release.

In addition to the gifts, several Stemilt employees volunteered at the annual foster family holiday party Dec. 19, according to the release.