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SD prisoners, staff make toys and distribute Christmas gifts

Toys made from scrap lumber by inmates at Mike Durfee State Prison were given to youth in the Springfield area. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Corrections)1 / 2
These wooden toys and stocking caps were made by inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and given to law enforcement agencies and charitable organizations for distribution to underprivileged children. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Corrections)2 / 2

SIOUX FALLS — State prison inmates and staff members from the Department of Corrections are helping to make the holiday season brighter for others.

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More than 1,700 wooden toys such as cars, puzzles and jewelry boxes were made from scrap lumber in prison shops in Sioux Falls and Springfield to be given to law enforcement agencies and various charitable organizations for distribution to underprivileged children across the state.

Inmates at the State Penitentiary also knitted more than 1,650 stocking caps and made nearly 600 pairs of fleece mittens for distribution to those in need.

Toys, hats and bicycles refurbished by inmates in Springfield as part of the Pedal Power from the Pen program at the Mike Durfee State Prison were also given to youth attending various holiday events and visiting DOC facilities during the month of December. More than 450 bicycles were distributed to law enforcement from across the state during the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Game Feed in Sioux Falls in November. The bikes are taken back to their communities and given to youth.

Source: Department of Corrections

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