Volunteers sort bags of yarn donations.

Volunteers sort bags of yarn donations.

Story by OPEC staff

Cold weather is coming but some people, including inmates, are working to make sure some at-risk children do not shiver this winter.

Yarn is needed for an annual project by CDCR staff and inmates to give at-risk children warm clothing and stuffed animals around the time of Christmas.

Inmates at Folsom State Prison and at the Folsom Women’s Facility knit the garments and stuffed animals. But keeping the project alive for the fifth consecutive year requires more yarn.

Correctional Workers Who Care (CWWC) and others will host the sixth annual Meadowview Holiday Festival in December. During the event, needy youth ages 12 and younger receive a hand-knit scarf produced by the Hook & Needles Group at Folsom State Prison along with a winter coat, said Diane Shepherd, founder of the CWWC.

More than 300 spools are required to ensure every child a warm winter scarf.  Donated yarn is currently being accepted.

Deadline for donations is Nov. 8.

The collection bins are located at the following sites:

CDCR Accounting Services Branch
10000 Goethe Road Building C
Rancho Cordova, CA
(Lobby area)
Contact person – Brandy Montez

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Aerojet Road Suite D
Rancho Cordova, CA
(Lobby area)
Contact person – Diane Shepherd

Donations may also be mailed to:

Attn: Diane Shepherd
2015 Aerojet Road Suite D
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

For pick-up in the Sacramento area or other questions about making a donation or attending the event, please call Diane Shepherd at (916) 358-1550.

In 2013, CDCR Television Director Jeff Baur produced 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/