Answering a challenge from Warden (A) Brenda Cash, staff at the California Institution for Men (CIM) helped record numbers of less fortunate in the community this year.

CIM personnel recently handed out gifts and holiday cheer at two centers for abused and neglected women and children.

Warden Cash, who pledged to continue support for the two centers, and CIM staff visited McKinley’s Children Center in San Dimas during the Christmas season. The center cares for abused and neglected children.

The warden and staff also visited Prototypes Women’s Center in Pomona to deliver toys to children of abused mothers at the facility and to provide a brighter Christmas.

For the third year, the CIM Vocational Carpentry Program Instructor  J. Herrera, along with assigned inmates, assembled 80 bicycles for the Chino Neighborhood House.

One bike is given to each family in need, along with toys and a meal.  CIM staff spent time playing games and passing out gift cards to children at Canyon Ridge Hospital in Chino.

Seniors at Inland Valley Christian Center in Ontario also received a visit from CIM staff along with gifts. CIM has visited the senior home every Christmas for 14 years.