TheÂ Otero County Prison Facility donated 50 crochet blankets, 50 stuffed animals and 50 coloring books to the El Paso Childrenâ€™s Hospital on July 17.
â€œThe partnership is amazing.Â The kids do feel cared for with the donations that come in,”Â El Paso Childrenâ€™s Hospital Child Life Services Coordinator Meghan Kamau said.Â
“I just think is a wonderful opportunity to have this donation come in and realize that itâ€™s handmade or thought out from people maybe society has written off.â€
Male and female inmates attend to these classes every Friday.
There are 17 male inmatesÂ qualified to become tutors, and 71 volunteers.Â Some of them are intermediate, 118 inmates are part of this program and collaborate in crocheting blankets and stuffed animals.
â€œWhen I make my blankets or stuffed animals I try to make them so that they will last a long time or if it is going to an elderly person or a little kid I want them to be able to use it to keep them warm.Â I donâ€™t want to give them something that is going to fall apart; I take pride in my work,â€ said one inmate.
Twenty -five of the twin size blankets that were donated today were from female inmates.
Otero County Prison Facility has been focusing in assisting and being part our community since it opened its doors in 2003.
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