Staff, incarcerated population partner to help
On April 13, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) leaders and staff delivered 54 Easter baskets to the community. Delivery was handled by Chief Deputy Warden Christopher Pierce, Community Resource Manager (CRM) Kenny Kalian, and staff from the Warden’s office.
Recipients included Riverside County Department of Public Social Services and Felix J. Appleby Elementary School.
CVSP’s annual tradition was paused during the pandemic, but this year Easter baskets went to underprivileged children again.
The project represents a team effort between staff and those in our care. The incarcerated population fabricates and paints the bunny shaped baskets while elementary schools and social services send the CRM a list of children in need.
The lists only contain the ages and genders of the children. Staff from all areas of the prison participating in the event are assigned the children and baskets of their choice. Staff then fill the baskets with age-appropriate toys, candy, coloring books, crayons and other treats. In addition to the generosity from staff, some nonprofit organizations also participate.
In all, Riverside County Department of Public Social Services received 29 Easter baskets while Appleby School received 25.
“A special thank you for everyone who in one way or another participated in this event, ensuring that our local children have a happy and memorable Easter holiday,” said Warden David Holbrook.
By Lt. JJ Hernandez