CCC staff ring bells for the Salvation Army.

By Lt. Charlene Billings, AA/PIO
California Correctional Center

Warden Suzanne Peery and other volunteers ring bells outside Walmart in Susanville.

Every year, Lassen County law enforcement agencies stage a friendly competition with each other in a bell ringing contest to raise money for the local Salvation Army. This year, California Correctional Center Warden Suzanne Peery and her staff stood outside Walmart in Susanville ringing in the holiday spirit through wind and rain.

On Dec. 4 and again on Dec. 19, CCC staff and the Susanville office of the California Highway Patrol set up Salvation Army red kettles at local businesses and braved the weather to help the less fortunate. Numerous CCC employees participated and volunteered for shifts throughout the chilly days.

Not only did CCC participate in the contest, they took great pride in bringing up the holiday spirit by singing Christmas carols, dancing and interacting with the public. Warden Peery, Investigative Services Unit K-9 Officer Scott Clain and many others donned Santa hats, warm sweaters and light-up necklaces. To top it off, K-9 Joker was wearing a Santa sweater, green scarf and reindeer antlers.

The bell ringing was a great success and CCC raised approximately $1,400 for the Salvation Army.

According to the Salvation Army, CCC raised more money in one day than any other volunteers in the past.

K-9 Officer Scott Clain and his four-legged partner Joker get in the holiday spirit.