Staff from the Otero County Prison Facility and the Otero County Processing Center donated gifts and brought joy to more than 140 students, Thursday.
Each facility received a list of students who were hand-picked by counselors at all four elementary schools in Chaparral, New Mexico: Chaparral, Desert Trail, Sunrise and Yucca Heights.
“On behalf of the students and their families we thank both facilities very much for all you do with our children, our schools and the Chaparral community,” Debbie Holguin, Gadsden Independent School District social worker and coordinator of the ‘Angel Tree’ said.
Staff delivered the presents to students alongside Santa Clause and the Grinch to each school.
“It was an amazing feeling to see the smiles on the children’s faces as they were opening their gifts,” OCPC Warden Dora Orozco described.
Both Management and Training Corporation (MTC) facilities have been participating in this project since December of 2015.
“Our staff are great, they care and it is proven during the holiday season, they don’t hesitate in giving to the people of our community in need”, OCPF Warden Hector Rios said. “It all starts at the top and MTC is an example in taking the lead.”