Community Involvement

NKSP food sales raise $8k for Make‑A‑Wish

NKSP staff donates to Make-A-Wish.
From left are CRM Joseph Lopez; Ashley Sodergren, Regional Director in the South Valley for Make-A-Wish Foundation; Warden Kelly Santoro; and Kevin Hixon, Chief Deputy Warden.

The incarcerated population at North Kern State Prison (NKSP) recently raised over $8,300 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Warden Kelly Santoro presented a check to the organization, funding a young boy’s wish to visit Disneyland.

Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization granting wishes to children with life-threatening diseases. It was founded in 1980 when the first wish was granted to a boy who wanted to be a police officer. Since then, the foundation has granted more than 198,012 wishes.

Santoro said NKSP is committed to helping organizations such as Make-A-Wish.

“These children are all facing life-threatening illnesses and to inspire hope within these children by granting a wish is a mission that NKSP can help fulfill. With these donations, we hope to encourage the children along with their families to continue their journey with strength, bravery and love,” said Santoro.

Funds were raised by the incarcerated population through food sales.

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