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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
December 14, 2010
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Inmates At Hillsborough Correctional Institution Give Back To The Community During Holidays

They may be state prison inmates at Hillsborough Correctional Institution, but you might mistake them for helpers in Santa’s workshop these days. They’ve been busy building over 200 wooden toys that lucky girls and boys will soon be calling their own during the upcoming holidays. From baby cradles to rocking horses to marionettes, inmates in the Vocational Carpentry Program have been using donated scrap wood and material to create a wide variety of beautiful toys and dolls to be donated to Hope Children’s Home on Friday, December 17, 2010.

“As a part of our class curriculum for the last six years the inmates have produced over 1200 wooden toys for Hope Children’s Home and other charities.  They take pride in their work and newfound abilities.  It is a tremendous project that gives the inmates a sense of accomplishment not only at Christmas but throughout the year.”  Jack Cardwell, Vocational Instructor

What: The Vocational Carpentry Class will be hosting an Open House to view the toys before they are donated. 
When: Wednesday, December 15 from 9:00am to 10:30am and from 1:00pm to 3:45pm
Thursday, December 16 from 9:00am to 10:30am.
Where: Hillsborough Correctional Institution
Riverview Florida

Directions: Take I-75 to Exit 246 (Apollo Beach); go east to US-301 (first traffic light), turn south on US-301. Go to CR-672 and turn east. Institution is approximately one mile from the turn on the north side of CR-672.

Please Note:  GPS systems and mapping sites such as Mapquest, Bing Maps, or Google Maps often provide incorrect directions to our prison facilities using the physical address.  Please use the above directions.  

Reporters interested in attending the open house and speaking with inmates about the program can contact Office of Public Affairs, (850) 488-0420.

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