The warden’s office at CSP-Sacramento was overflowing with gifts after staff ‘adopted’ 100 at-risk children for the holidays.

By Therese Giannelli, Community Resources Manager
California State Prison, Sacramento

For nine years, staff at CSP-Sacramento have rallied to help provide gifts for those in need through the Gifts from the Heart Program.

The annual effort gives gifts to at-risk children and teens as well as senior citizens whose families have limited resources.

The names of 100 children ranging in age from 4 months to 18 years were provided to CSP-Sacramento by the County Department of Health & Human Services.

Each child has the opportunity to request a gift from Santa and those requests are mostly for winter coats, new shoes and toys and bikes.

From Nov. 14-29, the staff at CSP-Sacramento quickly chose those names and delivered their gifts to the Warden’s office.  In short order, his office was overflowing with everything from clothes to bikes, to scooters and toys.

In addition, each bike was accompanied by a helmet and a lock for safety and security.

It is a privilege for the prison staff to give back to such a wonderful cause, said those involved.

The gifts were delivered through the county program on Dec. 8.