Santa showed up in style Christmas Eve, helping deliver gifts to less-fortunate families in California City.

Santa showed up in style Christmas Eve, helping deliver gifts to less-fortunate families in California City.

By Lt. Matt Palmer, AA/Public Information Officer
California City Correctional Facility

Employees at California City Correctional Facility (CAC), in conjunction with California City’s police and fire departments, joined forces on Christmas Eve, taking to the streets to make sure children did not go without during the holiday season.

In all, 32 families were selected by teachers from the local schools to be the recipients of gifts donated by these three departments. There were also some generous donations received by anonymous city residents. Just under $500 was donated from an inmate fundraiser.

CAC employees donated several gifts ranging from iPods to clothing to make-up. Employees also donated 15 new bicycles. Food baskets and Christmas trees went to those who needed them.

The gifts were delivered, with Santa at the reins, making a guest appearance in a “deuce-and-a-half” (M35 2-1/2 ton cargo truck).

This Christmas came just after the one-year anniversary of the activation of CAC.

“Our employees have giant hearts and their involvement in giving back to the community makes me proud to be a part of this team,” said Warden Dave Long.

The smiles on the children’s faces were enough to melt your heart, according to those involved.

CAC looks forward to a continued partnership with the California City community. They need our help and we are excited to give back, said those affiliated with the effort.

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