VIP Post 1 participants at CIW.

By Lt. Rosie Thomas, AA/PIO
California Institution for Women

Carol Taylor, VIP Post 1 sponsor, can be seen far right.

On Dec. 3, California Institution for Women’s (CIW) Case Records Technician Carol Taylor participated in the U.S. Army 155th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Holiday Celebration for “Family Day” with over 700 veterans and their families.

Taylor is a sponsor for CIW’s Veterans in Prison (VIP Post 1), an inmate group at CIW. Taylor was able to greet over 300 U.S. Army veterans and their families who received crochet scarves, hats, eyeglass cases, toys, quilts and pillows. They also made plastic-canvas baskets for walkers and collected plastic grocery bags which are made into blankets for the veterans so they do not have to sleep on the ground.

This year, the VIP Post 1 donated over 30 boxes and 10 large bags of gifts to the Army base.

”It was an honor to be able to shake hands and thank each and every military veteran that came through the line to receive gifts made by the inmates,” she said.

The VIP Post 1 group was also recognized by the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Army and the County of Los Angeles’ District Supervisor, Hilda Solis, for their generous contributions of time and service dedicated to the families of military service members.

U.S. Army 155th.