By Lt. Matthew Osborn, AA/Public Information Officer
Valley State Prison
Whether selling burritos to raise money or gathering coats and toys for families in need, the staff at Valley State Prison (VSP) is giving back to the community.
VSP recently held a burrito sale benefiting the Madera Rescue Mission. The successful sale raised $467 to assist the Madera homeless holiday dinner celebration.
In addition, VSP also conducted their annual United Way Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids drive in December.
VSP staff donated over 300 toys as well as bicycles, riding horses, dolls and electric toys.
But the Madera Rescue Mission decided to help to show their appreciation for the burrito sale donation. Apparently, the community had been very generous and the Madera Rescue Mission found they had an overabundance of toys this year. They donated a portion of their toys to the VSP United Way Toys for Tots toy drive.
The Madera Rescue Mission subsequently gave VSP over 400 toys, knit hats and knit mittens for the VSP United Way Toys for Tots toy drive.
The local chapters of the Chicano Correctional Workers Association (CCWA) donated $50 and California Correctional Peace Officers Association donated $150.
Last, but not least, many VSP staff donated over six barrels full of gently worn coats, jackets and sweaters for the Madera Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids Drive.