Starke County Jail Inmates Making Christmas Wreaths for Senior Citizens, Veterans (12/5)

posted Dec 5, 2017, 8:34 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library
Posted on December 5, 2017
Author Michael Gallenberger, WKVI 

Inmates at the Starke County Jail have been spreading some holiday cheer by making Christmas wreaths. Jail Warden Phil Cherry says the project was inspired by the jail’s popular garden program. “It was just kind of a natural extension from what we did all summer, and the guys thought it would be something admirable to give back to the community,” he explains. “It was mostly focused on senior citizens and veterans.”

Cherry says 176 wreaths and 52 centerpieces had been given out, as of Monday afternoon. “We dropped off 20 or 25 at the Council on Aging, and there’s home-bound people, some terminally-ill people. They said they’d pass them along to them,” he says. “The sheriff went over next to the VFW, the seniors over there. A lot of them are home-bound. And then we went to the one on Williams Street, dropped some stuff off there, and then he had some deliveries that he actually personally made, too.”

On top of that, he says the VFW and American Legion were each given 10 wreaths Monday. Cherry says the inmates still have enough material to make a few more.