By Lt. Tom Mattson, AA/Public Information Officer
North Kern State Prison

Staff from North Kern State Prison has a history of giving back to the community.

For years, NKSP has adopted a local elementary school in the Delano community during the Christmas season and this year is no different.

Help for kindergarten students

NKSP adopted Nueva Vista Language Academy.

The elementary school’s student body primarily comprises children whose parents’ major income is earned from working on a farm. With the current drought impacting the central valley and lack of work on the farms, NKSP staff recognized the need to share with children less privileged.

NKSP has committed to Nueva Vista to provide all the children in their kindergarten classrooms with a Christmas gift on Dec. 12. Last year, the Warden, Santa and staff volunteered to hand out toys ranging from bikes and skateboards to dolls as well as clothing for boys and girls.

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Special Thanksgiving baskets were created for families in need.

Thanksgiving baskets

In addition to sharing with the children of Delano, NKSP coordinated with the Delano Community Connection to provide Thanksgiving baskets on Nov. 24. Shoes and coats were delivered on Nov. 21 to families who have been affected by the drought. Baskets allowed families to enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal including a turkey and cranberry sauce.

Records department helps seniors

In addition to offering help on Thanksgiving and Christmas, the NKSP records department donates items every year to the 145 residents of the Delano Skilled Nursing Facility, serving senior citizens.

On Dec. 13, the records staff will provide blankets, scarves, socks, hair care products and much-needed love during the season of giving.


How you can help: CDCR is gathering food statewide

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is pitching in to help with the California State Employees Annual Food Drive.

What’s needed?

  • Canned tuna
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meats
  • Macaroni and cheese (box)
  • Peanut butter
  • Beans
  • Soup
  • Rice
  • Baby food (dry or canned)
  • Baby formula

Drop off items at one of the baskets at 1515 S St. in Sacramento, at Accounting Services in Rancho Cordova on Goethe Road or at Aerojet in Rancho Cordova. For those not in the Sacramento region, donations may be made at your local food bank. Send a copy of your receipt to CDCR 2014 food drive coordinator Norine Occhipinti or Kathy Gaddi, CDCR Office of the Secretary, 1515 S Street, Room 502S, Sacramento, CA 95747.

Read the story on the CDCR statewide food drive at


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