By Tony Quinn, PIO

The employees at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC), in partnership with the Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center (SAEHC) and Sacramento County Child Protection Service’s “Gifts from the Heart” program, recently celebrated 25 years of gift giving by providing holiday presents for 130 children in time for the Christmas holiday.

Warden Virga with a volunteer and some of the presents that SAC employees donated.

“I am extremely proud of our staff for establishing and maintaining such a tradition. Is there any gift more rewarding than bringing happiness to a child?” Warden Tim Virga said.

Since 1972, the SAEHC has provided short-term emergency housing and supportive services to 14 families with children experiencing homelessness, in a 60-bed facility for up to 30 days.

“Gifts from the Heart” is an annual holiday gift-giving program that operates on donations and benefits children and seniors in the care of Department of Health and Human Services.  This program is administered by staff and volunteers, and is typically in high gear during the month of December when the gifts are distributed county-wide to recipients.

CSP-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,800 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff.  Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.