- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Inmates at a northwest Ohio correctional facility have found a way to help the homeless while serving their sentences.

Inmates at Lima’s Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution donated over a dozen handmade sleeping bags and mats to help homeless people in the area, The Lima News reported (https://bit.ly/1FP2CSE ).

The sleeping bags were made by inmates using the scraps from the clothing, bedding and pillows that are made in the prison’s work shop. Ohio Penal Industries runs a shop out at the prison that makes the clothing, bedding and pillows for Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction inmates,” Allen Oakwood spokeswoman Cori Smith said.

“Several of the inmates came up with the idea of using the scraps to make sleeping bags for the homeless,” Smith said.”

The facility donated the sleeping bags Friday to the Salvation Army, Lima Rescue Mission and the Lima Police Department. The prison also gave 10 dozen pairs of gloves and mittens to police on Monday.

“The most likely scenario is they will go into the trunks of our patrol cruisers, and when officers see someone in need of an item like that, they will hand that out to them,” Lt. Andy Green said. “The same thing will happen to the gloves, but those will wait until wintertime.”

In the past, inmates have also recycled confiscated bicycles for community members and made Easter baskets for children at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

Smith said the inmates want to contribute to the community and the projects help give them something to do while inside.


Information from: The Lima News, https://www.limanews.com

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