Inmates in the crochet program at Wasatch facility in the Utah State Prison donated 154 blankets to Salt Lake's Veterans Hospital in February. The blankets were created by the inmates for their February community service project called "Salute to Veteran Patients." Volunteers coordinated the project by collecting donations of yarn, working with the inmates on patterns, and delivering the blankets to the hospital.
Inmates in the program spend several hours a week crocheting items for various local organizations. Program volunteers are also available to teach interested inmates how to crochet. In the past, the men have made scarves, hats and other items for schools, charities and hospitals.
Hobby activities in correctional facilities help improve security by reducing idleness and promoting opportunities for self improvement. The programs also help inmates connect with and contribute to their communities.
The prison accepts donations of yarn for the programs at Wasatch and at Timpanogos women's facility. People who want to donate yarn can contact public information officer Maria Peterson.
-March 6, 2017