By Lt. Bryan Donahoo, AA/PIO

California State Prison – Sacramento

The employees at California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC), in partnership with the Sacramento County Child Protection Services’ “Gifts from the Heart” program, recently provided holiday gifts for 100 children in time for the Christmas holiday.

The institution’s Community Resource Manager, Marc Elia, has partnered with these and similar programs the past five years, providing staff the opportunity to give to their community by helping those less fortunate.

“The response each year is overwhelming, and even during these difficult economic times, the staff here at CSP-SAC have given unselfishly,” Elia said. The institution started with 30 children in 2008 and increased participation each year.

Founded in 1988, the “Gifts from the Heart” program is an annual gift-giving program with a goal of providing holiday gifts to children, teens, seniors and dependent adults served by programs of Child Protective Services, Senior & Adult Services Divisions, and the Public Guardian/Conservator Office in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Each season 90 community organizations and private sponsors donate more than 10,000 gifts to a few thousand clients who otherwise would be without holiday gifts.

CSP-SAC gifts from the heart

From left, Warden Tim V. Virga, representatives from the Sacramento County Child Protection Services Richard and Linda Gunn, Community Resource Manager Marc Elia and Chief Deputy Warden Jeff Macomber.