Tijuana youth receive food, toys, bikes, from CDCR staff
By Robert Brown, Community Resources Manager
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
A mere few miles from a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facility sits the U.S.-Mexico border.
Some areas of the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) have a view of Tijuana and the border fence. Two cities separated by a few miles but light years apart.
For a dozen years, RJDCF employees have partnered with community leaders in Tijuana to lend some assistance to the impoverished children of Tijuana. Most of the children live without running water or electricity, and walk to school for several miles through rough terrain while wearing tattered shoes and clothing.
On Jan. 10, RJDCF employees and their Tijuana partners provided the children with food, clothing, toys and bicycles.
The toys were purchased by RJDCF employees and the bicycles were from the RJDCF Bike Program, a program in which inmates refurbish used bicycles, and raised funds to buy new ones.
“The light in the children’s eyes when they received a brand new toy or bicycle was both powerful and humbling,” one of the organizers said. “The children and parents were very grateful even though we ran out of bicycles and ran out of toys due to the overwhelming demand.”