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Inmates Turn Out Wooden Toys For Holidays

Wood shop workers fill Santa's needs for heirloom wooden toys.

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Using donations of scrap lumber, inmates at Pitchess
wood shop have been busy working on toys throughout the year, readying about
200 cars, trucks and helicopters for Santa’s bag.


The men craft the miniature vehicles from three patterns
that have been used since the progam’s inception more than 50 years ago. Cloth
dolls and clowns are made by female inmates at the Century Regional Detention
Facility in Lynwood.


The toys are distributed to inner-city children in hopes of
making their holidays a little better.


“I am extremely proud of the men and women involved in this
ongoing program,” said Sheriff Lee Baca. “Each year the labors of the
instructional staff and jail inmates brighten the lives of children within our
communities by providing a gift that may be the only one the child receives at
Christmas time.


“The program is a blessing to the children and enables the
inmates to use their time in a productive manner that benefits the community,”
he concluded.


Materials used for both the wooden toy and doll programs are
donated by local merchants and residents. Anyone wanting to support the program
and donated needed items (wood, wood stain, yarn, cloth material or sewing
thread) should contact the Sheriff’s department vocational shops. Those with
doll materials should call Sharon Nelson-Farmer at (323) 568-4601; those with
material for wooden toys should call Sgt. Gerri McCorkle at (661) 295-8805.