STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Its time to donate toys to Chips for Kids!

Donnell Holmes from the CHP and Sofia Pirelli of the Calicinto Ranch stopped by the KCAL 9 studios Tuesday.

All the toys donated to Chips for Kids benefit the children from the ranch. Their target population is children, ages seven to fifteen, of incarcerated parents. There are over 70,000 of these victims in Southern California, and statistics show that these children are five times more likely to end up in prison.

According to the justice system experts they found these children were seven times more likely to become involved in the juvenile justice system than their peers. They suffer from depression, substance abuse, bursts of aggression, disruptive behavior, eating and sleeping disorders, diminished academic performance, and feelings of abandonment, loneliness, shame, guilt, and resentment. The family decided to respond by giving these children a Calicinto Ranch Camping Experience!

Calicinto Ranch welcomes children from any and all cities in the 10 Southern California Counties. The majority of these children are coming from Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Orange Counties. In 2004, children with one or both parents in prison came from 69 cities, representing 6 counties.

For more information, visit the Calicinto Ranch online.


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