Alaska prison inmates have widely contributed to community give-back programs this holiday season; here is a list:
Wildwood Correctional Centers, Kenai –
- Inmate clubs donated $1,000 to the Salvation Army
- Inmates crocheted over 100 hats to be given away at a local elementary school and Veteran’s Clinic.
- Inmates participated in a Christmas Wreath program to benefit the local senior center
- Minimum Facility prisoners handcrafted 500 wooden toys for the holiday season. Spenard Builders Supply in Wasilla donated the wood for the fifth year.
- Medium Facility handcrafted and donated 2800 hats, 150 blankets, and 150 scarves. All of the materials used for the projects are purchased from the profits generated by the PCC Medium Club Sales Store. This year we had over 200 participants in the program, and the prisoners designed their own unique patterns.
These handcrafted wooden toys and crochet gifts were donated to the following local community organizations: Alaska Family Services, Palmer Food Bank, Claire House, AWAIC, Wasilla Food Pantry, Mother Lawrence Foundation, Akeela House, Stepping Stone, McKinnel House, Children’s Place, The Giving Tree, Special Santa Program, Providence Children’s Hospital and Anchorage and Mat Valley Salvation Army.
Lemon Creek Correctional Center, Juneau –
- In December, eight carvings from the Hobby Shop were donated to the Salvation Army to be used for silent auction fund raisers.
- Blankets, baby bags and hats from the Craft Shop were donated to Salvation Army for inclusion in the Christmas gift bags donated to needy families.
- 33-baby blankets were donated to the Juneau Birthing Center for donation to the new infants and twelve bed quilts were donated to the Pioneer Home for the senior citizen residents.
- The Multi-Culture Club donated over $500 to the Juneau Youth Football League in December.
Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm, Wasilla –
- PMCF participated in the 2012 Toys for Tots Drive: Prisoner Hobby Craft workers produced 36 jewelry boxes, 113 toy cars, and 164 puzzles all items were handcrafted from scrap wood donated by local Wasilla vendors.
Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, Eagle River –
- Give-back efforts at HMCF are extensive. This year inmates at the facility adopted the villages of Port Lions and Anvik, filling a wall of the gymnasium with hand-made and purchased gifts and supplies for these communities; tin all the inmates raised $7,500 for this project through two clubs. The clubs also covered some of the cost of shipping 719 pounds of items. Also provided were the cost of ‘thank-you’ gifts to the airlines which donated some of the freight charges (ERA and Island Air).
- Inmates raised $5,345 for gifts for two unnamed families through the Salvation Army’s “adopt-a-family program. One family had five members, the other four.
- HMCC inmates hand-made 100 quilts, 50 hats and 50 scarves for the Palmer Police Department’s “Santa Cop” program. The value of the quilts was placed at $10,000 in materials and machine usage.
- HMCC inmates donated 50 scarves to the Special Olympics.
- HMCC inmates provided 100 knitted hats to Providence Hospital’s Children’s Cancer Unit, and 40 hand-made pillows for the breast cancer treatment unit.