Avenal staff, inmates help father who lost family in crash

By Lt. M.A. Tuntakit, AA/PIO

Avenal State Prison

Avenal State Prison staff and inmates raised more than $900 last month for a father who lost his wife and four children in a vehicle crash near Riverside.

The Avenal staff and inmates were saddened by the news. Even though the father had no connection to the prison, staff and inmates wanted to help him.

The Youth Adult Awareness Program (YAAP), which consists of 34 to 50 inmates who are serving Life Term Sentence, held a fundraiser among inmates.

The inmates raised $415.

The YAAP program’s primary purpose is helping the communities troubled youth to help make better choices for their future.

Avenal staff members also worked together and contributed to the donation bringing the  combined total to more than  $900.

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YAAP inmates at Avenal State Prison.


4 Responses

  1. Gary Grimm Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Did Dr. Meredith Smith ever work at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison?

  2. A. Garza Monday, February 22, 2016 / 10:45 am

    This is great, that these men and staff would take the time to consider this father through this horrific accident. Thank you for this act of kindness. We all should pay it forward with kind, thoughtful deeds.

  3. Tracy Stout Powers Thursday, February 18, 2016 / 11:43 pm

    Very thoughtful and kind of these men to reach out to another human being that is hurting more then we will ever know. God bless that poor father. God bless those men who have what they could. I’d say they both got something heartwarming from each side.

  4. Dr. Meredith Smith Thursday, March 13, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    When given the opportunity, most of us wish to contribute to making the world a better place, often one good deed at a time. Congratulations for such a thoughtful endeavor.

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