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Inmates refurbish wheelchairs for Cuba

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Posted: Mar 4, 2010 3:20 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Mar 4, 2010 6:37 PM
Source: WBRZ

  Rating: 5.0 (3 votes)

Topics: Wheelchairs, Angola, Wheels for the World, Burl Cain, Inmates

At least 400 wheelchairs and walkers are en route to Cuba thanks to a handful of inmates at Angola Prison. The program Wheels for the World lets inmates refurbish old wheelchairs no longer useable in the U.S.

"Inmates love this," said Warden Burl Cain. "They're really making a difference, it's meaningful work and it's helping humanity. They want to give back once they're rehabilitated."

The inmates learn how to rebuild the chairs and spend eight hours a day refurbishing.

"It's like a real rush," said Coy Simpson, an inmate at Angola. "We build these chairs from nothing, they be scrap, they be rusted, broken pieces, broken parts, and when you do a finished project and you can stand back and look at it you feel good, cause you're like 'Man, I done that from scrap,' and it's going to somebody who possibly can't even walk."

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