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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

December 2020

Rehabilitation Programs Division Christmas Toy Drive


The holiday season is about giving, and as part of mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, we strive to give back to the local communities any time we can.

The Rehabilitation Programs Division (RPD) of TDCJ is participating in the K-Star Country 99.7’s annual Christmas Wish Tree benefiting local kids in Child Protective Services (CPS).

“We just wanted to get together and make someone’s Christmas for them,” said Chris Carter, Division Director of Rehabilitation Programs. “The entire staff of RPD is involved in this effort because we know we have children out the in need and this is really going to help.”

Director Chris Carter and staff are delivering the gifts to the K-Star studios in Huntsville. For 24 years K-Star has worked with Montgomery and Walker County CPS to help brighten the holidays for children in their care.

To help in that effort, RPD staff “adopted” six children between the ages of 1 and 16, providing gifts for each child based on the list they provided. RPD employees made sure that each child selected received numerous gifts from their “wish list” in order to make this holiday one to remember.

Due to the great response and participation from RPD staff, the division plans to make participating in the Christmas Wish Tree program an annual tradition.