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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


December 2020

Coming Together to Give Back

It took a team of wardens, correctional officers, and staff from several units in different communities around the state to make this Christmas and holiday season one to remember for special groups of people and children during what was a very trying year.

Members of the Lopez State Jail, San Saba, Hightower, Roach, and Havins Units staff each reached out to organizations and charities in their respective communities to see what they could do to help during the season of giving.

The Roach Unit in Childress was able to give 93 residents from three different nursing homes - Childress Healthcare Center, Cottage Village, and Memphis Convalescent Center - a variety of gifts ranging in everything from clothes to electronics, books, and more.

“Our goal was to take care of the elderly in Childress, but the staff at the Roach Unit didn't want to stop there. Their kindness and giving are unprecedented in such a hard time,” Senior Warden Michael Crow said.

Lopez State Jail Assistant Warden Ronald Ivey put a big smile on the faces of the children of the Sunny Glen Children’s Home when he delivered a big donation of fun gifts including bikes, skateboards, and more.

For the second year, in what is quickly becoming a holiday tradition, Hightower Unit staff adopted residents from the Dayton Care Home. Each department from the facility adopted a group of residents and fulfilled their Christmas wishes through a donation of gifts they were hoping for.

Thirty-four residents from the Shady Shores Nursing Home also had their Christmas wish lists fulfilled by the wonderful staff from the San Saba Unit.

The Havins Unit staff collaborated with KOXE/KBWD for the annual Brown County Toys For Kids event, where they donated more than 90 gifts to local children and 87 gifts to the Bangs Nursing Rehabilitation Center and Cross Country Healthcare and Rehab.

Through these efforts, TDCJ employees were able to put a special smile on residents' faces in their local communities, which is what the holiday season is about. Whether it’s a simple gift bag filled with treats or a new bicycle, each of these units went above and beyond to give back and show their care and love for those around them.