Inmates in vocational programs at the Turney Center Industrial Prison in Hickman County are using their skills to make toys for underprivileged children.
The inmates have been creating toy cars, rocking horses and more to donate Wednesday to members of the Hickman County Rescue Squad for distribution. They call it Operation: Toys.
“I hope they feel the same thing we felt when making them,” inmate Jeff Dearing said. “There is a lot of joy putting them together and coming up with the ideas.”
Dearing and about 40 other inmates started making the toys in carpentry class in October.
Since then, they have crafted around 200 toys.
“I hope the kids are happy with them and they are pleased,” inmate Oliver George said. “I didn’t think I could do it as good as I have. I’m pretty impressed with it.”
The principal of the vocational programs in the Turney Center got the idea after seeing how well the students were mastering carpentry.
She did research and decided that the Hickman County Rescue Squad would be the right organization to donate the toys to for distribution to underprivileged children.
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