By Lt. Kevin Thompson
Centinela State Prison
and California Crime Victims Coalition

Santa Claus and his team of elves recently made surprise visits to Centinela, Calipatria, Chuckawalla and Ironwood State Prisons.

With the support of the California Crime Victims Coalition (CCVC), Santa and his band of merry elves kicked off their annual Christmas cookie event with the Dec. 4 visits. Over the next few weeks, Santa and his team of volunteers plan on delivering cookies throughout the state.

This is now the third year CCVC has delivered cookies to staff in appreciation for all of their hard work. This is the first year they will attempt to deliver to all 34 adult correctional facilities in the state.

So keep an eye out and an ear open because when you hear those jingle bells, you just might find that Santa is about, and his elves are delivering cookies to you.

Founded in 2002, the California Crime Victims Coalition is a nonprofit organization which receives support from employee donations.

Its mission is to assist law enforcement personnel, support staff and their families in times of crisis, as a result of tragedy or victimization, in addition will support events and functions that promote support for law enforcement personnel.

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