Sabrina Lynch-Aguiniga, Community Partnership Manager, and Custody Capt. Russel Roper presented a check for $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House at Valley Children's Hospital.

Sabrina Lynch-Aguiniga, Community Partnership Manager, and Custody Capt. Russel Roper presented a check for $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House at Valley Children’s Hospital.

By Lt. Martin Herrera, AA/Public Information Officer
Wasco State Prison- Reception Center

The Laundry Room at Ronald McDonald House was adopted by the prison.

The Laundry Room at Ronald McDonald House was adopted by the prison.

Under the direction of Warden John Sutton, Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC)  staff and inmates have participated in raising funds for the Valley Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House (RMH).  The RMH has provided service to many central valley families in need and WSP-RC is proud to be a contributor. On Nov. 7, WSP-RC presented the RMH with a check for $5,000.  Additionally, 46.5 pounds of pull tabs were donated for recycling.

Pull-tab program

WSP-RC has been collecting pull tabs to raise money for RMH to help families off-set their cost to stay at the RMH while their child is being evaluated or being treated for medical issues.  Sometimes treatment and evaluations take several days or weeks.  The RMH allows the families to have a place to stay where they can shower, sleep, eat, and try to relax while dealing with the difficulties that they are being faced with.  A family can make a donation of $15 a day, but are not forced to pay money for the rooms.  Donations are a must for the RMH to continue services of “home away from home”.

One type of donation for RMH involves a collection pull tabs from soda, soup, meats and various other cans. Staff and general population inmates at WSP-RC are combining their efforts to collect pull tabs which are donated to the RMH for recycling, with all proceeds going to the RMH.

Adopt-a-Room program

WSP-RC staff and inmates held various fundraisers and food sales, and submitted Inmate’s Trust Account Withdrawals, for additional donations.  These donations to the RMH totaled $5,200. With this donation, WSP-RC was able to Adopt-A-Room at RMH for one year from August 2016 to August 2017 at a cost of $5,000. The money was used for refurbishing the washroom and purchasing three new commercial-duty washers.

Capt. Russel Roper and Sabrina Lynch-Aguiniga, Community Partnership Manager, stand in the recently adopted washroom at the house. The prison's donation allowed the charity to refurbish the laundry room and purchase new washers.

Capt. Russel Roper and Sabrina Lynch-Aguiniga, Community Partnership Manager, stand in the recently adopted laundry room at the house. The prison’s donation allowed the charity to refurbish the laundry room and purchase new washers.