By Lt. Arnel Bona, AA/Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institution
Every year in Tracy, a non-profit group takes giving community members – and throws them behind bars. The lock-up event is all in jest and money raised goes to a good cause. This year, Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) Warden Jerome Price donned traditional prison stripes for the charity.
The fake-jail fundraiser, known as Brighter Christmas, supports youth and senior citizens in Tracy.
Jene Birk, a member of DVI’s Citizens Advisory Committee, invited (or rather, locked up) Warden Price for the charitable endeavor.
What is the Jail?
Each year, a Brighter Christmas Jail is established where anyone can either volunteer to serve time in the jail or someone can call to have a specific person picked up by the local VIP police and thrown behind the bars.
This year’s jail was set up in front of Valley First Credit Union at the corner of Central Avenue and 10th Street, where local business owners, citizens, and passersby were able to make a donation for the worthy cause.
Warden Price was able to raise $145 for one hour of service.
What is Brighter Christmas of Tracy?
Brighter Christmas of Tracy is coordinated through the efforts of almost 350 non-paid local volunteers, including DVI, and has been helping those in need for over 35 years.
The non-profit group provides food and toys to Tracy residents in need during the Christmas holiday.
It started out with just one family burned out of their home at Christmas time. Through the years, the program has grown as the need has grown in the City of Tracy.
Ninety-seven percent of all money raised, through the generosity of the Tracy community, goes toward the purchase of food and new toys for children up through age 13.
In 2013 efforts helped over 800 families and 1,750 children.
Learn more at https://brighterchristmasoftracy.com/
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