Warden Kelly Santoro, center, was on hand with NKSP staff, Santa and Tough Teddy, to distribute toys to preschool children in Kern County.

By Lt. Jose Martinez, AA/PIO
North Kern State Prison

A child receives a large gift from Santa.

North Kern State Prison (NKSP) generously donated Christmas gifts to the Community Action Partnership of Kern County preschool (CAPK), serving 4- and 5-year-old children.

Community Resources Manager Danny Espitia visited the school and collected names of all the students. Staff from every department adopted a child and donated gifts.

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association also donated gifts for the children and brought along mascot Tough Teddy.

On Dec. 20, Santa (Danny Robles, Academic Teacher) and NKSP staff delivered presents for four classes of children; each child receiving more than one gift.

The children were excited when Santa walked into the classroom. The young kids shouted “Santa,” clapped hands, giggled and smiled from ear to ear.

“Look at all those smiles. I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” said Warden Kelly Santoro.

CAPK by the numbers
Information supplied by CAPK

  • Distributes 12.25 million pounds of food for the food insecure
  • Delivers nutrition to 20,000 women, infants and children
  • Serves over 900,000 meals to Head Start and Summer Meals Program children
  • Provides utility assistance for 9,400 families
  • Offers after school and summer programs for 389 at-risk youth
  • Delivers early childhood education and preschool to some 3,000 children
  • Answers over 101,000 calls for human and social services referrals

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Learn more about the organization, http://www.capk.org/

Warden Kelly Santoro, center, and NKSP staff visit the preschool to distribute gifts.