Otero County Jail donates crochet items to Children’s Hospital

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by: Luis Barrio

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EL PASO, TX (KTSM) – The Otero County Correctional Facility has donated several crochet items like stuffed animals, blankets, scarves and beanie sets to Children’s Hospital in El Paso last week.

Over 600 items were donated to the Child Life Program which distributes them to sick children in the hospital.

Ms. Vasquez, who is the state crochet coordinator at the correctional facility, had the opportunity to visit some of the young patients and give them stuffed animals and blankets before COVID-19. She said there was a reason she chose to donate to this program at the hospital.

Our state crochet program can’t wait to do something this impactful for those who need a little joy in their lives. Seeing directly the positive impact and the big smiles that children with cancer or other illnesses have on their faces has been a great distraction for them and such a blessing for us.

Ms. Vasquez, OCPF Crochet Coordinator

The facility’s crochet program has donated several items to the hospital as well as other community partners in the past.

For residents of the facility who are part of the crochet program, making these items gives them meaning.

“I like to do something constructive with my time and know that what I earn will go to someone in need,” said one resident.

Besides the crocheted items, coloring books made with hand-drawn illustrations by the residents were also donated to the hospital. Eleven residents drew different images and landscapes, but only the best were chosen by the facility’s classifications department.

Both MTC facilities have partnered with El Paso Children’s Hospital in the past and we hope to continue our partnership and bring smiles to all those children.

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