WCI Inmates Make More Than 1,000 Toys for Underprivileged Kids
November 14, 2011 - Inmates at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland this fall have carved more than one thousand wooden toys which will be distributed to non-profits that serve underprivileged children in Allegany and Garrett counties.
The toys include wheeled wooden swans, cars, trucks, rabbits, and other creations. They were meticulously made by inmates in the Maryland Correctional Enterprises furniture shop, which turns out such products as countertops for state agencies and non-profits. MCE donated a small space for the inmates to make their toys.
Some of the inmate toymakers are wheelchair-bound; WCI has more than 70 men in wheelchairs, and the prison administration strives to give those men jobs behind the razor wire as well. Inmates also repair broken wheelchairs, saving taxpayer money.
This very special holiday project began last year, and was spearheaded by Debra Kisamore in the prison’s case management office. Non-profits which will be given the toys include Garrett County Mentors, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Oakland Rotary.