Inmates at Kentucky prison build teddy bears to give back to children

OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WDRB) Inmates at a state prison in Oldham County are trying to make a difference behind bars.

Every day, inmates at Luther Luckett come to a designated room to make teddy bears. Everyone has a job on the assembly line.

The inmates make about 100 stuffed animals a month. They're toys that kids in need across Kentucky can call their own.

"You wouldn't think something as simple as a teddy bear would have the impact it does on these guys, but they want to know, 'did they like the bear? Did it make the kids happy?'" said Scott Jordan, Warden for the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex.

"It's very therapeutic," Bell said. "Sometimes I don't have to come to work and I just come anyway because it gives me a piece of mind, to know that I'm doing something good for once," Bell said.

Detaurus Bell is three years into his 32-year sentence. He says making the stuffed animals is all about giving back.

"It's very therapeutic," Bell said. "Sometimes I don't have to come to work and I just come anyway because it gives me a piece of mind, to know that I'm doing something good for once," Bell said.

Any organization or group that serves as first responders or cares for children in crisis or displaced children can call (502) 222-0365, extension 4501. Other programs include Shakespeare Behind Bars, college courses, Braille and Paws Behind Bars.



 
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