By Lt. Marlaina Dernoncourt, PIO/AA

California State Prison, Solano

California State Prison, Solano has partnered again with Vacaville Christmas Wish to make the holiday dreams of 125 children in the Vacaville community come true.

csp-solano 2CSP-Solano Staff members were excited to help the children in their community. Staff bought gifts for all the children in a family instead of only sponsoring one child.

Warden (A) Eric Arnold said, “Staff here at Solano look forward to contributing to this program every year and are glad to be able to give back to the community. Our staff here at Solano are continually looking for ways to give back to the community. I am very happy and proud to be a part of such a giving team.”

Staff selected families to help.  Red ornaments were created for a giving tree with the child’s name, age, gender, number of children in the family, and three wishes.  Many were hoping for warm clothes, coats, shoes, socks, bedding, backpacks – basic necessities – or simple things such as baby dolls and strollers.

This year marked the 31st year for Vacaville Christmas Wish.  It is anticipated at least 3,300 children will be served in 2013 – a 10 percent increase from last year.  Holiday gifts will be provided for children in need for their respective holiday celebration.

Vacaville Christmas Wish helps abused, neglected and underprivileged children in foster care, of the working poor, and on assistance programs such as Cal Works.

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