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Gail Kiley, a member of Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, located on the eastern edge of the city limits of Cincinnati, delivered to the Lebanon Correctional Institution (LeCI) six large bags filled mostly with yarn and some fabric material.  Gail has travelled to LeCI over the past five years to contribute to the institution’s community service efforts. 

 Several years ago, she came across an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer about the Real Men Crochet Program at LeCI. Gail and a group of 24 women at the church were moved to collect and donate yarn to that project.  They meet bi-weekly to knit and crochet; donating all of their items to charitable causes. They make hats, mittens, and scarves for children through Crayons to Computers and sweaters for the Guideposts Knit for Kids project. According to Gail, “We like it that your men and our ladies are supporting the same children…”.  The church has also donated several sewing machines to the facility.  Gail said, “Since the church knows about our work, we tend to collect yarn and fabric.  Once or twice a year we 'clean out our stash' and I drive to Lebanon”.    The inmates use the yarn for crocheting and the fabric is for quilts and other sewing projects. Warden Schweitzer expressed, “We are grateful for the partnership between Lebanon Correctional Institution and the members of Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church.  Their generous contributions support our mission to provide meaningful activities to our offenders.”

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