The Sheriff’s Toy Project distributes food, clothing and toys to needy families. DRP pitched in to help in 2016. Courtesy photo.

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones thanked CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs for their efforts to donate toys for families in need over the holidays.

In his Dec. 23 letter, Sheriff Jones said the successful toy drive served 2,200 families with roughly more than 7,400 children.

The families were provided with food, clothing and toys.

“We greatly appreciate your compassion and selflessness,” he wrote. “Throughout the holiday season, Sheriff’s Toy Project has provided thousands of items from toys to bicycles and refurbished computers, in hopes that no child goes without. Additionally, Toy Project has provided crucial items to community members in times of crisis.”

What is the Toy Project?

The project is a rehabilitative program for offenders serving time at the county level, according to the organization’s website.

“Toy Project functions as the charitable arm of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department wherein participants of the Sheriff’s Work Project spend their court ordered jail sentence making toys, furniture, refurbishing computers and donated bicycles,” the website states. “Sheriff’s Toy Project is a year-round program supporting the less fortunate children and families in the Sacramento area. We support area schools with after-school programs, school supplies, computers, clothing, shoes, jackets, bikes for transportation, summer kid’s camps and support scholarships for college-bound students.”

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

Learn more about the effort at ToyProject.org.