By Lt. Joseph Tuggle, AA/PIO
Folsom State Prison
The employees at Folsom State Prison (FSP), in partnership with Next Moves, formerly named the Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center, will provide holiday gifts for 60 children for the Christmas holiday.
Ornaments created by the children, are hung from tiny Christmas trees placed around the institution providing the first name, age, sex, and clothing size of each child. Staff members donated new clothes, shoes, blankets, baby supplies, toys, and bikes based on the needs and wish list placed on the ornaments.
The institution’s Community Resource Manager, Timothy Polasik, has established partnerships with this and similar programs over the past three years providing staff the opportunity to give back to their community by helping those less fortunate.
“The staff at Folsom are outstanding at supporting those in need, and their generosity is humbling to observe during these tough economic times. It’s an honor to be able to represent them to the community,” Polasik said.
Founded in 1972, Next Moves is a non-profit homeless shelter in Sacramento that partners with Sacramento County Health and Human Services and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to provide services to over 650 homeless families and children each year.
The shelter receives donations from organizations to hold an annual Holiday celebration, providing needed clothes, school supplies, and also gifts to over 150 homeless children.