Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle (District 2) and Assemblyman Rudy Salas joined forces to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to local families in need through their annual event “Operation Gobble”.
Supervisor Valle said over 1,000 turkeys were given to families throughout District 2 at events in Corcoran, Home Garden, Avenal, and Kettleman City.
Sponsors for this year’s Operation Gobble event included The California Resources Corporation, Waste Management, Tule Trash Company, Mid Valley Disposal, California State Prison-Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Corcoran, California State Prison-Corcoran, City of Avenal, Assemblyman Rudy Salas and former Assemblywoman Nicole Parra.
Monday morning at the Operation Gobble event in Corcoran, Supervisor Valle said every year they dedicate the event to someone worthy. This year they dedicated Operation Gobble to SATF Warden Theresa Cisneros. Cisneros was on hand to hand out the first turkey.
Theresa was born to a migrant family and is the second oldest of 10 children. Growing up, Theresa worked most of her summers as a laborer in the agriculture industry. She attended Corcoran High School and upon graduating, she worked as a waitress at New China Restaurant in Corcoran. In addition to working at New China, Theresa worked at various Corcoran establishments while attending college. Theresa decided to join CDCR in 1997. And after serving 23 years with CDCR she was appointed as Warden in August.
Theresa is the daughter of Bertha Cisneros of Corcoran.
Operation Gobble is in its 19th year of providing needy families in Corcoran and Kings County’s District 2 with help and hope for the Thanksgiving holiday. Supervisor Valle said the event would not be possible without the help of Danny Trujillo at Cost Less Foods Company.
“Operation Gobble would not happen without my good friend Danny Trujillo, Manager at Costless Corcoran. There is a lot of stress that comes to his job each Thanksgiving but he always makes time to order our turkeys and lets us store them in his freezer,” Supervisor Valle added. “That kind of help is hard to come by. We love and appreciate you Danny.”