the many quilts made through the community outreach
1992, female inmates at the Federal Prison Center
in Lexington have been making quilts and blankets
for the NICU and other agencies in need.
Ky. (Nov. 26, 2002) -- Nothing conjures
images of warmth, comfort, peace and security like
blankets. A special community initiative is bringing
such warm gifts to the University of Kentucky Children's
Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) this
Since 1992, female inmates at the Federal Prison
Center in Lexington have been making quilts and blankets
for the NICU and other agencies in need. The project
relies entirely on the volunteerism of its participants
and the donations of the community.
The Community Relations Board at the prison has spearheaded
this and many other service projects among both male
and female inmates. For instance, inmates make wooden
cradles, wagons and push toys for donation to holiday
gift programs for the needy. The prison also tends
a vegetable garden, where food is grown and donated
to God's Pantry.
Board President Sally Leukefeld calls the service
program a "win, win, win" situation. "We
go out and find a need and fulfill it," she said.
"The prisoners go outside of themselves to serve
others and this in turn benefits them as well as the
To make a donation of fabric or yarn to the quilt
program, please call (859) 263-8707. Your donation
will be picked up at your request.