By Lt. Jessica Berg, AA/Public Information Officer
Pelican Bay State Prison
Pelican Bay State Prison offenders are trying to better the community, most recently by raising $10,000 through the Reaching Out Convicts for Kids (ROCK) program.
The money is raised through inmate food sales throughout the year.
Some of the money went to filling 250 “mittens” for Santa’s Workshop through the Rural Human Services in Del Norte County. The mittens are paper cut-outs listing the gender and age of the child and what they would like for Christmas. Rural Human Services then sets up trees at businesses around the county and hangs those mittens on the trees for the community to pick up and buy a gift for an underprivileged child. The gifts are then delivered to the children.
In Curry County, 60 wishes were filled through the Oasis Christmas Giving Tree. The wishes were for those currently at Oasis Shelter Home, the Curry County shelter for abused women and children.
The ROCK program, sponsored by Karla Bauer and Susan Ramirez, seeks to fulfill Christmas wishes for underprivileged children every year.