By OPEC Staff

Family and friends visiting youth Dec. 3-4 at O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility will be able to purchase a Christmas present for the youth.

Youth who don’t receive a visit during the two days can send a flier home describing the program. The Christmas gift contains a white T-shirt, two pair of white socks, shampoo, body wash, and a variety of food items – Rice Crispy treats, trail mix, cookies, for example. Family members can send $20 for the present by the December 11 deadline.

Proceeds from the gifts will be added to money raised through other fund-raisers for the Adopt-a-Family program. O.H. Close YCF has adopted a family from the Stockton Area Homeless Shelter. The youths will wrap presents for the family members, and one youth will go to the shelter to deliver the presents and get an up-close view of the meaning of giving back to the community.

Other Holiday Events

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison

Almost 500 bicycles were donated to law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations to be given to children through the Vocational Wheel Chair and Bicycle Refurbishing Program.  Staff will take part in an annual toy drive for underprivileged children of Corcoran.  CSATF/SP is committed to donating gifts for approximately 500 children.  Additionally, 120 bicycles were refurbished for the event. 

Chuckawalla Valley State and Ironwood State prison

The prisons will host their annual Breakfast with Santa for area foster children, as well as children and grandchildren of prison employees, on December 2 and 3.

California Correctional Center

The 22nd annual Victims of Crimes Hobby Craft Sale and Auction, in conjunction with Lassen Family Services, is 5-9 p.m. December 2 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 3 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.  The auction starts at 3 p.m. December 3.  Proceeds will benefit Victims of Crime in Lassen County.

Kern Valley State Prison

Staff will present baby blankets to students in Valley High School’s Parents and Children Together (PACT) Program on December 7. The PACT Program provides a flexible school schedule for student-parents to continue their education. 

Kern Valley State Prison

Raffle tickets are on sale for $5 to raise money for Pond School outside Delano. The grand prize is a 47-inch LCD TV with a BlueRay player and surround-sound system donated by Acting Chief Deputy Warden Ed Blanco. The winner will be selected December 16.

Valley State Prison for Women

Teaming up with the United Way, prison staff are providing gifts for children through the Wishes for Wee Little Ones program. Staff can come by the Administration Building to pick up an ornament, then bring an unwrapped gift for the child in need.

California Correctional Center and High Desert State Prison

Collection boxes for Lassen County Toys for Tots are at the institutions’ front entrances.  Toys will be distributed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 17 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.

Avenal State Prison

Avenal State Prison has a Christmas gifting tree, through December 7, near the snack bar in the Administration Building. Each ornament represents a child who needs a gift. If life is too busy, the Community Resource Office will provide a courtesy shopper to handle cash donations.

N. A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility

NACYCF will adopt 10 families.  The goal is to raise $2,500 through a variety of fundraisers.  Youth will participate in shopping excursions to purchase Christmas presents for the families.

California Medical Facility

The CMF Bicycle Refurbishing Project has provided bicycles to needy children since 1988. Bicycle paint and tires are purchased by funds collected by recycling aluminum cans from the institution. CMF also has a Giving Tree to find local sponsors to donate age-specific gifts.

California Institution for Women

CIW is adopting 30 family for the Salvation Army in Ontario; presenting 20 refurbished bicycles to the Chino Police Department for distribution; providing refurbished bicycles to programs in San Bernardino and Azusa.