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.