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Inmates use creativity to give back to community

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Inmates reached out to some our most vulnerable in an effort to give back and their creativity is serving an even larger purpose for teenage, expectant and new moms.
Inmates Bendrea Wilson And Norma Canipe spent their Monday morning organizing boxes of handmade gifts, all made by prisoners at the federal prison in Lexington, that are on their way to folks who need them most.
Both ladies are serving time for money crimes and are set to be released from prison in 2014.
"Being here is definitely hard,” said Wilson. “However, the next person in the community can always have it harder than I have it here."
Family Care Center, in the Red Mile Rd. area, is one of 10 organizations that received the goods from the inmates.
New mom, Jessica Villasis, is one of the recipients who'll benefit from the donation.
"I think it's very kind of them to take the time to do that stuff because some of us can't do that,” said Villasis.
As for inmates like Bendrea and Norma, it's a welcome opportunity to show kindness from behind bars.
"I definitely want to get involved in the community as far as creating an atmosphere for the holidays- where it's warm and loving," said Wilson.
The inmate program relies on donations of supplies to make the items.
If you're interested in donating, contact Sally Leukefeld at (859) 263-8707


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