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FBI Agent’s Family Collects More Than Two Tons of Food for Impoverished in Dominican Republic

FBI Los Angeles December 04, 2009
  • Public Affairs Specialist Laura Eimiller (310) 996-3343

A local FBI agent’s family from Rancho Palos Verdes has collected over two tons of food to be sent to the Dominican Republic for those in need this holiday season.

Special Agent George Olivo’s teenage daughter, Karin, is the driving force behind the effort, known as Project D.R.E.A.M. Karin became inspired after visiting family in the Dominican Republic and witnessing the devastating poverty there. The Olivo family, who are of Dominican heritage, have coordinated the project with relatives in the Dominican Republic, who will deliver the food when it arrives.

Karin rallied many of her friends and residents in her community and collected the items from community schools, as well as some help from FBI employees, to support the project. Some of the schools involved in the effort are: Palos Verdes Intermediate School, Jane Addams Middle School in Lawndale, Montemalaga Elementary, Cornerstone Elementary, Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Palos Verdes Intermediate School, Lawndale High School, and Leland Elementary School in San Pedro.

Project D.R.E.A.M., (the Dominican Republic Emergency Aid Mission), has been underway for over a month, and will culminate on Saturday, December 5th, when over 5,000 pounds of food is loaded onto a truck in the Olivo’s neighborhood with help from volunteers, including area high-school students and FBI employees. The food will then be brought to a local airfield for transportation and delivered to impoverished residents in the poorest areas of Santiago, in the Dominican Republic.

Media are welcome to attend the process, which will commence at 11:00 a.m. in Rancho Palos Verdes.