Real life CDCR heroes help children in need

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.

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4 Responses

  1. Joy Martin Thursday, December 22, 2016 / 8:50 am

    Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to help these children and their families at the busiest time of year. You are heroes and we appreciate all that you do. May God bless you all and keep you safe!

  2. Laura Moonie Tuesday, December 20, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Very nice story. Thanks to all who organized and participated in this program. I’m very sure it made all the difference in the Christmas these children will have and they won’t soon forget.

  3. Anonomous Tuesday, December 20, 2016 / 10:05 am

    Thank you for publishing this story. I love hearing stories about helping children at Christmas time. Working for CDCR, I especially love reading stories about CDCR helping others.

  4. DIANA LOPEZ Tuesday, December 20, 2016 / 9:55 am

    That is so awesome! What a true blessing for these children. God bless you all for helping.

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