Inmates detained at the Elmwood Jail have helped make more than 300 hand-made wooden toys for needy children. A spokesperson for the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department said the toys were donated to the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.
The inmates are reported to have started their toy-making project early last summer. More than one dozen Elmwood Correctional Facility inmates participated and created nearly one hundred more toys than they had in previous years. The items were crafted 100% out of wood and included rocking horses, airplanes, cars, helicopters, figurines, wooden blocks and baby bassinettes. All of the items were crafted entirely by hand.
The Department of Corrections said this is part of a trade work program. Other trades include auto body repair, painting and metal work.
Inmates detained in the Santa Clara County jails have been participating in the Toys for Tots program for nearly a dozen years, the spokesperson said. Those enrolled in the Elmwood woodworking class have crafted more than 3,300 toys to date. The toy crafting, they said, is entirely voluntary. Those who participate say it allows them the opportunity to gain skills while contributing to a good cause all at the same time.