By Lt. Katherine Cruz, AA/PIO
Pleasant Valley State Prison

Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) adopted 20 families in the Coalinga/Huron area for its holiday Angel Tree event.

The Employee Action Committee (EAC) organizes this annual event to help provide gifts for families in need in the local community including 68 children.

Many of the families PVSP supported this year had one or more family members suffering from a medical illness.

One family was going through particularly hard times after their 8-year-old child was hospitalized. Another family had a toddler diagnosed with cancer.

Eight of the twenty were single-parent households. One family’s request was for a refrigerator and another family sought heated blankets and a space heater because their home was without heat this winter.

The staff’s generous contributions answered the families’ requests for basic necessities and there were even extras that put smiles on everyone’s faces.

EAC members came together and pulled support from local businesses to make holiday wishes come true.

Costco in Hanford donated several space heaters to one of the families in need. Another local valley business; Proteus Inc., donated a new refrigerator to an Angel Tree family.

Along with gifts, EAC assembled food baskets for each family with a holiday meal. Each food baskets contained items collected from EAC’s Can Food Drive, an ample donation from Fresno Food Bank and EAC funds.

In December, PVSP staff members went into the community to distribute the gifts. Staff was welcomed by sincere appreciation at each delivery.