By Lt. Angelo Gonzalez, AA/PIO
Mule Creek State Prison

Each year, Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) teams up with the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to make the holidays brighter for less fortunate families in the local community. Over the years, MCSP employees and employee organizations have worked together to raise funds to purchase, gather and donate thousands of toys to local families.

MCSP staff raised well over $8,000 through bake/food sales, monetary and toy donations. This would not have been possible without the generous contributions and the hard work of all MCSP staff, representatives from the local chapter of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) and the construction staff from Gilbane Kitchell.

On Dec. 9, MCSP staff and families loaded the toys onto a decorated float.

The MCSP Toy Drive float, MCSP Fire Engine, Mule Creek Infill Complex Construction partners from Gilbane Kitchell and the Warden Joe Lizarraga’s classic 1964 1/2 Mustang convertible participated in the City of Ione’s annual holiday parade.

As the MCSP caravan proceeded down the parade, candy was tossed to the waiting children along the parade route. At the end of the parade, MCSP staff and families loaded the toys and bikes onto a waiting Amador County Sheriffs’ trailer for delivery to the Saint Sava Mission in Jackson.

On Dec. 16, MCSP teamed up with Amador County Sherriff’s Department staff at Saint Sava Mission in Jackson to distribute thousands of toys to the less fortunate children of Amador County.

“During the busy holiday season, it is great to have so many dedicated staff willing to take time out of their busy day and away from their families to give back to the local community. The generosity and selflessness of our staff is the true spirit of the holiday season,” said Warden Lizarraga.