By Lt. K. D. Geringer, AA/PIO

Pleasant Valley State Prison

The employees at Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) provided holiday gifts, food baskets and clothing for the Christmas holiday. They also furnished an apartment for a homeless family.

Paper ornaments are hung from the “Angel Tree” providing the age, sex and clothing size of the children of the identified local families in need.  PVSP staff donated new clothes, shoes, jackets, toys, and food based on the needs and wish list ornaments.

The employees at PVSP have been holding the Angel Tree Program since its inception in 1995.  The program was created to provide holiday gifts, food baskets and clothing for needy families in the local communities (Huron/ Coalinga).

PVSP Community Resource Manager (A) Bonnie Farkas identified 12 local families this past year and worked with PVSP staff members to create a fruitful year of giving.

The program gives staff the opportunity to give back to their community by helping those less fortunate.

One homeless family, a mother and three children, was given a new beginning as PVSP staff once again came together to completely furnish a two bedroom apartment.

The furnishings ranged from a dining table, to beds, to and a crib for an expected baby. A refurbished personal computer with printer was also donated as the 14-year-old boy needed it to complete homework assignments.

 “The staff at PVSP are outstanding at supporting those in need, and really came through during these tough economic times” Community Resource Manager Farkas said.