Community Involvement

Avenal prison raises money, collects toys for sick children

Five people stand in front of two wagons full of toys.
Avenal State Prison staff present toys to Valley Children's Hospital. From left are Justin Nugent, Badge of Brothers non-profit representatives and prison employees Plant Operations, Officer S. Thacker, AW Christen Herrera, Officer A. Zavala and Lieutenant Mike Tuntakit.

Organizers said Avenal State Prison’s softball tournament was a success. The game benefited a regional children’s hospital.

“Valley Children’s Hospital would like to thank the Badge of Brothers for hosting Avenal State Prison’s annual staff softball tournament and collecting new toys for our patients to enjoy. We appreciate the generosity of their team and for putting smiles on our patients’ faces. Thank you to all those that participated this year to help make this tournament a success,” hospital representatives wrote.