Thanks in part to the California Correctional Institution (CCI) 15 children from the Jamison Children’s Center in Bakersfield were the honored guests at the 21st Annual Christmas at The Lodge in Stallion Springs.

Each year, CCI teams up with the Stallion Springs Police Activities League to celebrate Christmas with the Jamison Children’s Center.

This year’s effort by CCI was spearheaded by Lt. Dave Crounse, Community Resources Manager John Branch, and Public Information Officer Brian Skaggs.

As in the past, CCI staff gave generously and donated three truckloads of toys, skateboards and bicycles to help the children enjoy the day.

The children were met by Brad Burris, Stallion Springs police chief, along with volunteers from Woodward West, CCI, the California Correctional Supervisors Organization, Stallion Springs Police Activities Leagues, Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Horse Thief Women’s Golf Group and Cummings Valley School.

At the Stallion Springs Lodge the children, with help from the volunteers, enjoyed creating craft items. A luncheon of pizza, juice and cookies, donated by Woodward West, was served.

After lunch, the children went to Santa’s room, which was filled with toys, skateboards and bicycles donated by the staff of CCI, and told Santa their Christmas wishes. After talking to Santa, the children were allowed to pick the gifts of their choice.

CCI Warden (A) Kim Holland thanked everyone for their support and generosity, especially in light of today’s economy, to provide these children a wonderful Christmas.

Officer Gary Crowell of the Stallion Springs Police Department also addressed the volunteers and children and personally thanked the staff of CCI for their generous contributions.

The Jamison Children’s Center provides 24-hour emergency shelter for abused and neglected children in Kern County. Each month, the center serves more than 200 children, ranging in age from infant to 17 years. The average stay is approximately 10 days.