Sure, there are images aplenty of a hectic Santa’s workshop, where elves tinker away at toys in time for the holidays. That may not be the reality, however. This year, Toys for Tots will be distributing 400 wooden toys to needy children throughout Santa Clara County. The elves that made them wore orange jumpsuits and were locked up behind bars at night. The rocking horses, trucks, and tops were made by inmates at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas.
There are 27 low risk inmates involved in the program to produce toys for needy kids. “It’s better than sitting in the bunk twiddling your thumbs,” says one. In fact, it’s a chance to give back to the community, and spread a little holiday cheer, where very little exists otherwise.
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