By Lt. Tom Lopez, AA/PIO
California Institution for Men

This December, the California Institution for Men (CIM) was involved in numerous community holiday activities, ranging from assembling bicycles to donating and delivering gifts.

On Dec. 6, several staff members participated in the “Make a Child Smile” event. This is an annual event, sponsored by Wal-Mart, which allows children in the community to be assisted with their Christmas shopping by a uniformed officer

Correctional Officer Danny Pineda, who has organized this event for the past four years, said: “I am from this community and enjoy giving back to this community, by partnering up with local law enforcement. The event is called “Make a Child Smile” and this is what I have received every year since I have participated, is a child smiling, which is priceless.”

On Dec. 15, the city of Chino dropped off 120 bicycles in boxes, which were assembled by inmates in one of our vocational programs on Facility A.

The vocational program completed this mission in approximately three hours with a lot of people working as a cohesive unit.  Vocational Instructor Robert Holtz said his students really look forward to this time of year to assist with helping the community.

On Dec. 20, representatives from the CIM visited local community hospitals and passed out approximately 200 toys to sick children. The presents are donated by staff members at CIM.

Everything is coordinated by Angela Wirth, who is to be commended for coordinating this wonderful event for ten years. The kid’s reactions when receiving a toy from a uniformed officer was priceless.

Ms. Wirth and the Chino Valley Employee Association also coordinated the annual Adopt a Family event.

CIM participates in this event annually, with staff members assisting the local Salvation Army Office to ensure every family has a happy and joyous holiday season.

Staff members delivered gifts to family members in the community and the response we get from this event was phenomenal.  Staff members at CIM Facility C would like to thank Ms. Bibiano who did much of the shopping as well as communicated with the families they were visiting.

Warden Dean Borders thanked his staff for their continued support of giving back to the community.