Christmas and the holidays are often the time a great deal of people choose to give. This could be true as this is also a time when so many people are in need. Regardless of reasons, the employees of High Desert State Prison and California Correctional Center seize the opportunity to take on the annual “Lassen Senior Services Angel Tree” every year.
This event has become one that some staff members look forward to, and it is has proven to be near and dear to their hearts. Both prisons receive a stack of papers that list the three wishes from each participant of the Angel Tree, and those are passed on to various employees volunteering to make the Senior’s wishes come true.
The wishes that are received range from fruit cake to hired house keeping for a day, and the employees do what they can to make the wishes happen, even asking local business to help with bigger items. Susanville Real Estate graciously donated a house cleaner and Zaengle’s Furniture and Floor Covering donated a dining room table to make two Senior Citizen’s holiday wishes come true. The greatest part of this event is delivering an abundance of wrapped gifts to the Lassen Senior Center where the Executive Director, Penny Artz, is always there to greet with a smile and lots of appreciation. Together with the staff of HDSP, CCC, and other members of the community, Lassen Senior Services was able to deliver a total of 51 gifts for senior citizens in the Lassen County area.
This year, the HDSP Community Resources Manager’s Office received one wish from a Senior Angel Tree participant that spurred giving to another area of need. The Angel Tree participant simply wrote one wish, and that was to give a gift to a foster child. Together, the employees of HDSP and CCC were able to give 58 gift cards to local foster children.
The employees of HDSP didn’t stop with the senior citizen Angel Tree and the gift cards for foster children, they also wanted to include children who are involved with Lassen Family Services. For that, staff from HDSP, Susanville Real Estate and Town and Country Real Estate were honored to give wrapped gifts for 27 children, which included bicycles, clothing, toys, and more.
The employees of HDSP also contributed to a food and hygiene drive for the Lassen Senior Center, where they were able to deliver a great deal of non-perishable food items, toothbrushes and toilet paper for senior citizens in need in our area.