By Lt. Charlene Billings, AA/PIO
California Correctional Center

California Correctional Center (CCC) and High Desert State Prison (HDSP) Wardens and staff participated in a friendly food-drive competition called, “Cram the Cruiser” to aid a local food bank early in May.

A van from HDSP and K9 Vehicle from CCC parked on opposing sides of the Susanville Supermarket (IGA) parking lot, and the competition began.

Staff from both institutions lobbied local citizens as they entered the store, requesting their assistance with the food drive competition for the Lassen Family Services food bank. The community gave generously; some even delivered full shopping carts.

A few children were caught up in the spirit of giving and voluntarily assisted in the food drive as they enjoyed the beautiful weather. It was such pleasure to see so many people come together to fill the food bank’s cabinets and help those in need.

The turnout for the fundraiser was phenomenal; not only did people donate food and personal items, they also donated money. It is very rewarding to be part of a small community that pulls together to support programs that provide for others in times of need.

At the conclusion of the event, enough groceries and personal hygiene items were donated to fill an entire room.

In addition to the stuffed food bank, CCC collected $123 and HDSP collected $113 in cash donations as well.

LFS was thrilled with the outcome and further stated this year’s; “Cram the Cruiser” fundraiser exceeded all previous food-drive competitions. Without the generosity of this community, this event would not be as successful as it has become. CCC collected 3,114 items and HDSP collected 2,239 items.