North Kern State Prison (NKSP) staff joined efforts with First Assembly Church of God Soup Kitchen to provide Thanksgiving baskets to 39 families who otherwise would not have thanksgiving dinner. NKSP also donated baskets to the McFarland Police Department and turkeys to Delano Community Connection.
Each year under the direction of Warden John Sutton, WSP-RC staff procures and serves a Thanksgiving meal to the students and residents of the local town of Allensworth, located 30 miles North of Bakersfield. Staff also decorated and filled 82 Thanksgiving baskets for needy families in the town of Wasco.
Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) offenders enrolled in the carpentry program put their skills to use to add a touch of Christmas magic for the kids in Sonora. Using mostly recycled materials, the offenders constructed a 11-feet tall, 8-feet wide Santa’s Workshop building. The offenders built the structure in about three weeks, getting it ready for the town’s holiday festivities. It will become part of Santa’s Village, in one of Sonora’s parks.
The Division of Adult Parole Operations managers, supervisors, parole agents and support staff from the Los Angeles Central, Mid-City and Harbor Parole Districts provided food baskets, toys and shoes to parolees and their families over the holidays.
The staff of the CDCR Office of Audits and Court Compliance (OACC) raised $900 this holiday season for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, the main food bank for Sacramento County.
While many donated toys to charities during the holiday season, Kern Valley State Prison staff also donated the gift of life.