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Offenders at Oklahoma correctional center create gifts for children in need

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MCLOUD, Okla. – During this time of the year, many people begin thinking about those less fortunate.

Even though they are serving time in a correctional center, several Oklahoma offenders decided to do something special for children in need.

Offenders at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center created 40 decorative gift boxes containing scarves and hats that they made by hand.

After assembling the gift boxes, they donated all of the items to foster children in the Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

Officials say around 25 individuals worked for more than two months on the project at the facility.

Women in the 'Get Hooked' hobby group create gifts by hand for foster children.

Women in the ‘Get Hooked’ hobby group create gifts by hand for foster children.

They are all members of ‘Get Hooked,’ a hobby group that crochets hats and scarves for charities or people in nursing homes.

“This year, the ladies decided they wanted to do something special for kids who are in foster care,” said Alyse Walker, a psychological clinician at the center. “Many of the women in the program are mothers and wanted to help children in need. Their effort has been outstanding and will surprise a lot of kids who are in need of a pick-me-up this time of year.”

The women decorated cardboard boxes that were already at the facility and the yarn was donated.