October 5, 2005
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TALLAHASSEE - Employees of the Florida Department of Corrections have given more than $60,000 and, along with PRIDE, donated two semi-truckloads of clothing and household goods to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Most of the money was raised by DC employees participating in two recent "casual weeks," whereby each donated $20 per week to the Corrections Foundation for the privilege of "dressing down." All aid will go directly to the employees of the Louisiana and Mississippi corrections departments.
To date, the Department has forwarded a total of $25,000 to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and $15,000 to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, in two separate installments. Additional monies will be forwarded to each state's corrections departments as they are received.
"I am constantly humbled by the hearts of our DC family," said Department Secretary James V. Crosby, Jr. "They put their lives on the line every day to preserve the public safety - and at night, they go home and open their wallets to help others whom are in need. And this is only the beginning - donations continue to pour in each day!"
Along with the ongoing fundraising and collection of essential items, the Department began selling lapel pins and commemorative bracelets this week to raise additional monies.
"Most of our employees have been through hurricanes before," Crosby added. "Whenever tragedy strikes, they step up to the plate and give to the Corrections Foundation, because they know it will go directly to those in need."
September 16th marked the first anniversary of the tragic death of two correctional officers in Blountstown, who fell victim to a twister that spun off Hurricane Ivan. James and Mary Marshall were killed as they prepared to report for their jobs at Calhoun CI.
The Corrections Foundation was established in 1996 and serves as the non-profit direct support organization to the Florida Department of Corrections, pursuant to Section 944.802, Florida Statutes.
To locate services available to evacuees, make a donation or to volunteer for Hurricane Katrina recovery, visit www.myflorida.com, or visit www.floridadisaster.org for the latest information on Florida's response to the hurricane.