Caltrans makes one boy's spirits a little brighter this holiday season

Dec 16, 2013 3:28 PM

Caltrans District 2 is hosting a fundraiser for 4-year-old Takota McAllister, a grandson of a former D2 Transportation Engineering Technician who was born weighing 1.8 pounds and has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

“Every year, Caltrans holds a holiday fundraiser. This year, after hearing about the McAllisters, we decided to come together and raise money for one of our own, and it truly has made this season very special,” said District 2 Director John Bulinski.

Takota’s grandmother, Shirley McAllister, worked for Caltrans for 23 years. Tokata must travel often to Stanford Medical Center from his home in Weed, Calif., for his treatments. He has also been diagnosed with Immunodeficiency disorder, ADHD, Asthma and Sleep Apnea, according to Caltrans. Although Takota has to wear an oxygen mask 24 hours a day, he remains a mostly positive, energetic boy.

Presents have been placed under “Takota’s Tree” in the District Office at 1657 Riverside Dr. in Redding. Cash and gift card donations have also been donated. Country singer Chad Bushnell and members of the Asphalt Cowboys will present the donations to Takota and his family on Tuesday, December 17 at 11:30 a.m. Donations and gifts will still be accepted at the district office until Christmas Eve. For more information on donating, contact Caltran’s Trisha Coder at (530) 229-0511.


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