For the fourth consecutive year, at-risk children will receive warm clothing and stuffed animals from inmates at two California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation institutions.

Correctional Workers Who Care volunteers sort donated yarn.

In 2013, inmates at Folsom State Prison and Folsom Women’s Facility crocheted scarves, hats and stuffed animals for the children. The Hooks and Needles program will continue this year, said Diane Shepherd, a Correctional Case Records Analyst for the Division of Adult Institutions and founder of Correctional Workers Who Care (CWWC).

CWWC sponsors an annual breakfast with Santa and the clothing and toys are distributed at the Holiday Festival in Meadowview the first Saturday in December.

CWWC members are busy sorting yarn donations in preparation for delivery to the inmates.

If you want to donate yard, mail it to:

Attention Diane Shepherd Hooks and Needles

2015 Aerojet Road Suite D

Ranch Cordova, CA 95842

From August to November,  bins are placed in various locations, including CDCR headquarters in Sacramento at 1515 S Street, South Building; 9838 Old Placerville Road, main reception area; 1000 Goethe Road ,first floor next to accounting;  1600 9th Street, Bateson Building; 10961 Sun Center Drive, Rancho Cordova, main lobby,

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