Angola inmates on Santa's payroll

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Posted: Dec 3, 2012 4:06 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Dec 3, 2012 4:06 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Angola, Prison, Christmas, Presents, Toys, Gifts, Inmates, Jail, Santa, Holiday

ANGOLA- Inmates at the state's maximum security prison are working overtime to fill all the orders on Santa's list before Christmas.

It's a tradition every year that gets inmates working on their down time to make toys and fix bikes for needy children.

"They are elves," said Tom Joyner, who runs the toy shop at Angola. "There's a lot of kids that wouldn't be having a Christmas if it wasn't for us, one of the kids when they received the car they said, 'I knew it, I knew it! There are elves, there is a Santa Claus, because you can't buy this at Wal-Mart!'"

Some inmates spend their own money to buy material for the gifts. Michael Thomas did that to get metal he needed to make some intricate Christmas bracelets.

"I'm still human, I still have a heart, I still bleed red," said Thomas, "I try to give back as much as I can, regardless if it's a little or a lot, every little bit counts."

Angola will donate more than 6,000 wooden toys and 400 bikes to children in need this holiday season.

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