Valley State Prison staff held a gift basket contest to benefit area families in need.

By Lt. Ronald Ladd, AA/Public Information Officer
Valley State Prison

Valley State Prison (VSP) staff kicked off the holiday season with a gift basket contest for less fortunate families.

The gift baskets were creative.

Area charities and schools including the Community Action Partnership of Madera County (CAPMC), James Monroe Elementary, James Madison Elementary and Martin Luther King Middle School, identified and submitted the information of families in need.

VSP staff in various offices and departments collaborated in creatively decorating holiday baskets and containers filled with gifts. The holiday baskets and containers were judged by Kimberley Bitter, James Monroe’s principal, along with members from the other organizations, including Mattie Mendez, Executive Director of Madera Victim Services.

The concept for the Adopt-A-Family Gift Basket Contest was presented to the VSP Administration team by Charles Hayman, Supervising Correctional Cook (SCC). The idea was approved, viewed as a fun opportunity to give back to the communities and have some friendly competition between staff.

Thanks to SCC Hayman’s idea and the generosity of VSP staff, gifts were provided to 55 local families.