RJ Donovan Correctional Facility extends hand of help across Mexican border

By Robert Brown, Community Resources Manager
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

The staff at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) have made a commitment to support their neighbors to the south, especially since they can see Tijuana and the U.S.-Mexico border fence from the facility.

Employees have partnered with community leaders in Mexico to bring a glimmer of hope and kindness to the impoverished children of Mexico.

Dia de Los Santos Reyes (Day of Holy Kings) is the day when Mexicans exchange Christmas presents to honor the arrival of the three gift-bearing wise men at the birth of Jesus Christ.

RJDCF employees and their Mexican partners celebrated Dia de Los Santos Reyes by providing food, clothing, toys, and 50 brand new bicycles to children in need.

The toys were bought by RJDCF employees and the bicycles were purchased using money from inmate fundraisers.

Participants said the light in the children’s eyes when they received a brand new toy or bicycle was powerful and humbling.

“The children and parents were very grateful even though we ran out of bicycles and ran out of toys due to the overwhelming demand,” reported one RJDCF volunteer.

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8 Responses

  1. JUANITA CROSBY Monday, February 8, 2016 / 9:31 am

    God bless everyone who participated in this heartwarming kindness. Many of these children seldom receive nice gifts and this gift will be one they will never forget!

    Best part is that the children will probably appreciate law enforcement officers and hopefully become productive members of society and return the favor to others in need. Thank you, guys. You rock!

  2. RGalaviz Thursday, February 4, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Great job, RJD, and thank you for your kindness to others.

  3. CTF SW Thursday, February 4, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing this example of compassion and kindness.
    Be sure to let the rest of us know how to support you with
    donations before next year’s Dia De Los Santos Reyes.
    I would be honored to do so.

  4. M.Burchfield Thursday, February 4, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Wow! RJD is doing great things. Kudos.

  5. Patricia Mora Thursday, February 4, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Thank you, RJD! Your kindness to Mexico is a beautiful thing. God bless you all and I know the kindness will come back to you.

  6. Sandra Cardoza Thursday, February 4, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Kudos to RJDCF staff! I remember your generous donations to the children of Mexico last year as well. The generosity and human kindness you have shown is an outstanding example for all of us striving to help those in need. May God Bless all of you!

  7. Valerie Estrella Thursday, February 4, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Great job RJD helping our neighbors.

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