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Folsom inmates need yarn to make holiday warmer

By November 21, 2013

Folsom prison inmates are busy knitting hats and scarves for underprivileged youth in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento, but they need 300 skeins of yarn before Dec. 6 to make it happen.

“All we need is yarn to make it happen,” said Natalie Fransham, chief of office policy standardization through the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “That’s the missing link.”

The CDCR, California State Assembly member Richard Pan, Council member Bonnie Pannell, city of Sacramento District 8 and the Correctional Workers Who Care have teamed up to host the second annual Meadowview Holiday Festival in Sacramento from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec.14.  During the event youth up to age 17 will receive a hot breakfast, a gift and hopefully a hand-knitted scarf or hat produced by the Hook & Needles Groups at Folsom State Prison and Folsom Women’s Facility, CDCR.

“We’re expecting 500 to 1000 people and 300 kids,” said Fransham. “We’d love to pass out 300 scarves and hats — 150 for each gender — but we don’t have enough yarn.”

More than 300 skeins of yarn in colors for boys and girls are required to ensure every child leaves the event with a warm accessory. Contact [email protected] in El Dorado Hills to make drop off arrangements or call Albert Rivas at (916) 324-6508 to volunteer at the event. Children are welcome too and will help as elves for Santa.

Julie Samrick

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