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Correctional facility gives 200 bicycles to local children

Correctional facility gives 200 bicycles to local children
Inmates raise money and give back to kids in need

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (December 1, 2016) – Just in time for the holidays, two hundred elementary children will receive brand new bikes, paid for and assembled by Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) inmates and staff on Friday, December 2 at 9:00am.

The giveaway will happen at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave, San Diego, 92115. For the past year, inmates and staff at RJDCF have been raising money to purchase parts and assemble bikes.

“It is an opportunity for the inmates to give back to our local San Diego community and get everyone in the holiday spirit,” says Daniel Paramo, RJDCF Warden. “The staff and inmates look forward to it every year.”

Along with their brand new Huffy bicycles, children will also receive new helmets and bicycle locks. Inmates will be on site to help the children adjust bikes and helmets to their size.

“Partnering with the Donovan Correctional Facility and giving them the space to allow for the inmates to give hundreds of bikes to children in need during the holiday season is a blessing”, says Major Rick Peacock, Corps Officer and Executive Director for The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

This event is not open to the public, though media are welcome to attend.

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About the Salvation Army Kroc Center- San Diego

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a 12.4-acre family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts center. The facility is open to members and the public, and serves residents of East San Diego, La Mesa and Lemon Grove with a variety of quality programs for individuals of all ages.

Development of the Kroc Center was made possible by a $90 million combined capital and endowment grant from a bequest to The Salvation Army by the late Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. For more information, please visit us at