Utah Department of Corrections

Eagle Scout service project benefits inmates

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Chris McCormick (fifth from left) drops off yarn collected for his Eagle Scout project.


As Chris McCormick cast about for an Eagle Scout service project, he put in a call to the Utah State Prison. Would the prison accept donated yarn, he asked?

The answer was an enthusiastic “yes.” On September 8, McCormick showed up at the prison with 300 skeins of yarn he had collected for the prison’s crochet program.

Approximately 200 inmates participate in the crochet program, making items such as hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and blankets that are donated to hospitals and shelters in Utah. Some blankets also are donated each year to a group of doctors who do humanitarian work in Uganda, according to Lt. Kopelani Pei, volunteer/religious services coordinator.

And thanks to Chris — whose mother is the great-granddaughter of Alvah Stout, who was deputy warden at the prison from 1921 to 1925 — the inmates’ yarn supply just got a substantial boost!