Stuffed animals for children are some of the items crafted by inmates through the Hooks and Needles program.

Stuffed animals for children are some of the items crafted by inmates through the Hooks and Needles program.

Hooks and Needles, a charitable crocheting and knitting program at Folsom State Prison (FSP), has been honored as the Small Club Project of the Year for all Lions Club projects in California, according to a recent article in the Folsom Telegraph newspaper.

The inmate leisure time activity program started in 2011. Inmates crochet and knit items to be donated to hospitals, shelters and children’s care facilities. Some of the donations include stuffed animals, hats, scarves, booties, beanies, blankets and more.

The Folsom Lake Lions Club, which sponsors the group, organizes supply donations and distributes the items to charitable organizations throughout the region. Female inmates at Folsom Women’s Facility also participate in the program, according to the Telegraph article.

The Lions Club has distributed more than 1,800 handcrafted items to people in need since the program began.

“Projects like Hooks and Needles provide an opportunity not only to learn a new craft, but also to help the community,” FSP Warden Ron Rackley told the Folsom Telegraph. “This program provides the inmate participants a tangible way to assist people in need which is an act of human kindness and aids them with the rehabilitative process. We value our partnership with the Lions Club, and congratulate them on this well-deserved award.”

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Read the full Folsom Telegraph story, Folsom State Prison knitting program receives state recognition

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Read the previous CDCR story on the program, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/11/yarn-needed-to-help-at-risk-children-through-cdcr-inmate-project/