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.

It may be summer but donations of color or textured spools of yarn are needed now to give needy children a warm holiday.

CDCR, California State Sen. Richard Pan, and Correctional Workers Who Care (CWWC) will host the 5th Annual Meadowview Holiday Festival on Dec. 10, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the event deserving youth ages 12 and younger will receive a hand-knit scarf produced by the Hook & Needles Group at Folsom State Prison along with a winter coat.

More than 300 spools are required to ensure every child a warm winter scarf.  Donated yard is accepted through Dec. 5, 2016.

The collection bins will be located at the following sites:

1515 “S” Street
South Building – Lobby
Sacramento, CA 95811

9838 Old Placerville Road
Main Reception Desk – Lobby
Sacramento, CA 95827

10961 Sun Center Drive
Main Entrance – Lobby
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

1000 Goethe Road
Desk – Lobby, First Floor, next to accounting
Sacramento, CA 95827

Bateson Building, 1600 9th Street
Department of State Hospitals
Atrium
Sacramento, CA 95814

For questions about making a donation or attending the event, please call Albert Rivas at (916) 324-6508 or call Diane Shepherd at (916) 358-1550.

In 2013, a CDCR Television Specialist shot a video highlighting the inmates warm reactions to their work as it was given to children.

See the video and story at http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2013/12/inmates-knit-warm-gifts-for-children-with-surprise-ending-video/

(You may not be able to view YouTube version below from a CDCR computer. Here is a Windows Media Player version.)