Offenders at local prison make masks for schools

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CARLISLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Offenders at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle helped make sure local students had face masks for the new school year.

Photo provided by the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility

Offenders who are part of the prison’s Purposeful Living Unit Serve (PLUS) program have been making masks since the pandemic started.

They recently filled mask requests from local schools in Shakamak, Dugger and Sullivan and produced 2,000 masks before the first day of class.

Officials at the correctional facility say it’s an effort the offenders were honored to accept.

“It’s a great way for them to give back. They can make masks. In the winter time, they can make quilts,” says Jackie Storm, Community Service Director. “Whatever the need is at the time, they can basically step up and do it.”

Photo provided by the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility

The project is made possible thanks to fabric donations from the community. If you’re interested in donating, email dstorm@idoc.in.gov or call 812-398-5050, extension 3117.

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