CIW staff also adopts family, donates to foster care

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

The California Institution for Women’s (CIW) California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), Honor Guard and Employee Association came together to support the United State Marine Corp (USMC) Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots toy drive on Dec. 5.

To show how dedicated staff were, they touched the heart of a special galactic guest and his storm troopers who showed up to assist and ensure all the toys were safely guarded.

CIW staff did not stop at the toy drive. On Dec. 16, they also volunteered at the Pico Rivera Reserve Base by assisting the children with picking their toys.

“Seeing my staff come together and reaching out to the community gives me such pride,” said Warden Molly Hill. “This is the part of the job I truly enjoy.”

CIW’s CCPOA President T. Ellis said, “CCPOA is proud to support the military in any way we can. Our staff not only donated toys but we were able to collect $1,500 dollars to use to buy additional toys for the children. It was also an awesome feeling being able to help a brother and sister pick toys for each other as a surprise.”

CIW and California Institution for Men Crisis Response Team (CRT) members adopted a family. On Dec. 16, they visited the family, delivering toys and spending time with the children.

CIW staff bought toys for children in Homes for Hope foster care. Also on Dec. 16, some staff were able to attend the holiday party and meet the children.