By Lt. Megan Cherinka, AA/PIO
California Medical Facility

The California Medical Facility (CMF) administrative and executive staff, along with the CMF Fire Department came together on Nov. 1 for the second Fill the Boot fundraising effort for Operation with Love From Home (OWLFH).

Newly retired Warden Robert W. Fox; Fire Chief Jason DeWitt; PIP Executive Director Scott Espinoza; Public Information Officer Lt. Megan Cherinka; Community Resources Manager David Maldonado; AGPA Jessica Hume; Chief Support Executive Michelle Bolin; Fire Captains Ray Stockton, Jay Modesto and Paul Carrico; Associate Warden Cherita Snelling; Captain Randy Brown; CBM Christina Hall; AGPA Carrie Baumgarner and over a dozen Administrative staff donned dress downs, picked up a boot and went to work for a great cause, collecting $5,552.60.

OWLFH (http://www.operationwithlovefromhome.org/) works to support our deployed armed forces stationed overseas during the year, especially during the holidays. OWLFH is supported by the Community Outreach Department at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. Using volunteers and donations from the community, OWLFH  sends care packages three times a year to troops abroad. These packages include various items such as boot socks, batteries, toiletries, hard candy, foot powder and more. Since 2007, OWLFH has sent 13,752 packages.

CMF staff volunteers are also joining forces this holiday season with OWLFH to pack boxes to show our support for our brave men and women overseas.