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CDCR’s Spirit of Giving, Community Support Continues In Annual Effort by Staff and Inmates

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SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released its annual calendar of community benefit activities organized by hundreds of CDCR employees statewide for the holidays. Click here for Calendar of events (PDF)

“Our employees have really stepped up to help local communities and needy families this year,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “The holiday, charitable events and fundraisers underway by staff and inmates at institutions and field offices across California will help to brighten the holidays for those less fortunate.”

More than 50 activities and events will help to feed, clothe, and bring toys to needy families and children statewide. Food and donations to purchase food will feed hundreds as the holidays approach and cold weather sets in. An annual tradition begun several decades ago, this effort is held between the Thanksgiving holiday and New Year’s Day.

Typical holiday activities include offenders spending months creating crafts and toys, assembling holiday food baskets with donated goods and food, and rebuilding bicycles. Staff and volunteers work together to solicit donations, contribute to charitable activities, and ensure the final efforts are delivered to those most in need.

“The generosity and good will shown by our staff is impressive,” said Cate. “Because of their efforts, a few hundred more children will have a shiny bicycle and others got to eat a warm Thanksgiving meal. We want to continue the tradition of making a difference in our communities.”

CDCR oversees 33 adult state prisons ranging from minimum to maximum-custody, 44 conservation camps, 10 community correctional facilities and four facilities designed for inmate mothers and their children. For offenders released to parole, four parole regions oversee 190 parole units and sub-units in 84 separate locations. CDCR also oversees four facilities for juvenile offenders and regional parole offices for youths on parole. Nearly 65,000 employees oversee more than 274,000 adult and juvenile offenders in institutions and on parole.

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Download the complete list of holiday events (PDF format)

Contact: Jonathan Parsley – (916) 445-4950