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.