Children were able to “Shop with a Hero” thanks to the efforts of the Crescent City Rotary Club, Walmart and emergency services personnel, including Pelican Bay State Prison staff.

Pelican Bay SP staff join efforts to ‘Shop with a Hero’

By Lt. Jessica Berg, AA/Public Information Officer
Pelican Bay State Prison

Each year, the Crescent City Rotary Club helps families in need provide holiday gifts to their children. By partnering with Walmart as well as local first-responders, the children shop for a gift for their family with a real-life hero. For the first time, Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) staff joined the effort along with other law enforcement and emergency services personnel.

Two correctional captains, three correctional lieutenants, four correctional sergeants, seven correctional officers and the fire Chief from PBSP participated in the “Shop with a Hero” event benefiting under-privileged children in Del Norte County.

In all, 110 children lined up at Walmart to shop with a local hero for the child’s immediate family, thanks to a gift card donated by Walmart.

The children were paired up with a local hero, which included Del Norte Ambulance, Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, Crescent City Police Department, California Highway Patrol, California State Parks, Crescent City Fire and Rescue, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Fort Dick Fire, and the prison staff. Before they began to shop for their family, the child stopped for a quick picture with their hero and Santa.

As they completed their Christmas shopping, the children proceeded to the wrapping stations where each gift was wrapped prior to the children meeting up with their parents.

Pelican Bay State Prison staff pitched in to help the “Shop with a Hero” event.