By Lt. Richard Montes, PIO/AA

California Institution for Women

Staff of the California Institution for Women (CIW) provided holiday gifts last month for 25 families who they adopted under a Salvation Army program.

Every year the Salvation Army requests donations from organizations in the community to support the Adopt-a-Family program.  The program provides gifts to families in need living in the western San Bernardino County.

CIW staff adopted twenty-five families.  The Salvation Army provided the institution the names of each family along with each individual family member’s wish list.

Some of the wish lists received consisted of items such as scooters, books, clothing, toys, gift cards, board games and sporting equipment.

Departments within CIW then adopted individual families and fulfilled their wishes.

Correctional Capt. Mark Braly and his staff personally delivered their gifts to the adopted families.

Capt. Braly said, “Delivering gifts and offers for the Holidays was a very heartwarming experience.  We have donated so much over the years without seeing the true effects.  To be able to actually hand over our donations personally and to actually see the appreciation and gratitude was great and would definitely do it again in the coming years.”

CIW will continue to support the growth of the Adopt-a-Family program for years to come as part of their commitment to the community.

CIW donation

From left, Community Resource Manager (A) Ronnie Shupe, Warden (A) Kimberly Hughes and Labor Relations Advocate Jenifer Hernandez with some of the Adopt-a-Family gifts.