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Caring and Sharing

While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Restorative Justice

Approximately two years ago I was asked to become the Restorative Justice Coordinator for Womens Eastern Reception Dianostics and Correctional Center, the largest women's prison in Missouri, over 1700 women.

This project was established to give offenders the opportunity to give back to communities in the state of Missouri that have become victims of crime.

Our program seeks donations of yarn, polyfil and fabric from private and corporate sponsors. The offenders then use their time (after work and school) and talent to produce a needed item, to donate to various non-profit organizations and service providers.

Most offenders will donate approximately forty (40) hours of their time and we donate over 500 items per month. These items include afghans, stuffed animals, baby blankets, toys, clothes, and quilts. However we have donated picnic tables and doll houses. If there is a need and we can get the supplies, we can donate it.

We have donated to hospitals, ambulances, fire departments police forces, homeless, abuse and teen shelters to name a few if we are asked to do it, we get it done. So far we have only been limited by supplies.

If you are able or if you are aware of anyone who could assist us in our efforts we have the time and women power to do alot of good for many more people in need.

Please contact me (Matt Jones) at (573) 594-6686 ext. 2520 or return e-mail

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