By Lt. Martin Herrera, AA/Public Information Officer
Wasco State Prison- Reception Center
Under the direction of Warden John Sutton, Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) staff and inmates have participated in raising funds for the Valley Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House (RMH). The RMH has provided service to many central valley families in need and WSP-RC is proud to be a contributor. On Nov. 7, WSP-RC presented the RMH with a check for $5,000. Additionally, 46.5 pounds of pull tabs were donated for recycling.
WSP-RC has been collecting pull tabs to raise money for RMH to help families off-set their cost to stay at the RMH while their child is being evaluated or being treated for medical issues. Sometimes treatment and evaluations take several days or weeks. The RMH allows the families to have a place to stay where they can shower, sleep, eat, and try to relax while dealing with the difficulties that they are being faced with. A family can make a donation of $15 a day, but are not forced to pay money for the rooms. Donations are a must for the RMH to continue services of “home away from home”.
One type of donation for RMH involves a collection pull tabs from soda, soup, meats and various other cans. Staff and general population inmates at WSP-RC are combining their efforts to collect pull tabs which are donated to the RMH for recycling, with all proceeds going to the RMH.
WSP-RC staff and inmates held various fundraisers and food sales, and submitted Inmate’s Trust Account Withdrawals, for additional donations. These donations to the RMH totaled $5,200. With this donation, WSP-RC was able to Adopt-A-Room at RMH for one year from August 2016 to August 2017 at a cost of $5,000. The money was used for refurbishing the washroom and purchasing three new commercial-duty washers.