By Lt. Matthew Osborn, A.A., Public Information Officer
Valley State Prison
When Valley State Prison employees decide to go all in for charity, they don’t split hairs over details – they shave their hair.
The Sept. 27 “Shave the Brave” effort raised more than $9,000 to benefit California law enforcement’s Wish Upon A Star.
The organization is a non-profit, law enforcement collaboration designed to grant the wishes of children afflicted with high-risk and life-threatening illnesses.
Their services are available to children within the state of California, ages 3 through 18.
Wish Upon A Star has granted over 1,900 wishes in their more than 30 years of service.
Shave the Brave is a group effort comprising law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency and military personnel who come together to publicly shave their heads in support of children with cancer.
Valley State Prison took part in the recent Shave the Brave 2014.
Staff members who volunteered to have their heads shaved personally raised over $9,000 for Wish Upon A Star.
Officer Michele Jurado raised over $5,000.
The shaving of heads is symbolic, a visual act of solidarity with children who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. The message this sends to the children is clear, “We respect your courage and we’ve come to help,” according to those with the charity.
Warden Ron Davis was impressed by the staff.
“I am very proud of our staff today, not only the ones who have agreed to have their head shaved, but the ones who donated to this great organization,” said Davis. “Valley State Prison staff have really out done themselves.”