Posted: Dec 20, 2010 12:17 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Dec 20, 2010 12:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - Dressed in military fatigues, inmates from the IMPACT group delivered boxes of hand-made toys today that will wind up with underprivileged children on Christmas.
The wooden gifts were designed, built and paid for by inmates at the Hunt Correctional Facility. Catholic Charities selects families to receive the toys and then delivers them for the inmates.
Jye Dore, an inmate at Hunt, said the toy making gives special meaning to him because he has a child at home.
"It makes me fell good because a lot of kids don't have anything," he said. "Their parents are addicted to drugs or their parents might not have a job, so for me it feels good to deliver toys to kids for Christmas time."
The inmates dropping the toys off were members of IMPACT, a motivational program that uses boot camp-style training to help reform convicted felons.