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Inmates donate crocheted items to Haaland Estates residents

By Staff | Nov 18, 2016

Back Row L-R Kat Brossart- activity director at HAMC, Lisa Hanson- activity director at Haaland Estates, Darrin Heidbreder- director of Security at the correctional facility Front Row – Arlene Lien & Bernie Volk

The Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center recently made a donation of crocheted blankets, scarves, and hats for the residents of the Haaland Estates and the HAMC Long Term Care Facility.

These items were all crocheted or knitted by the women inmates at the correctional facility. Community members donated the yarn, and volunteers teach the women how to knit or crochet. According to The Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center Director of Security Darrin Heidbreder, this is a popular and therapeutic activity for the women there. It helps them make it through each day. It gives them meaning in doing something for others.

The HACTC Crochet Project is a voluntary program designed to help Rugby and surrounding communities. Inmates volunteer on Mondays and Fridays at 11 a.m. to make these projects. They are given the amount of yarn and a hook necessary to complete the project. An instructor is provided to help the women learn during their first few projects.

Community members are encouraged to donate yarn that they are not using and would like to donate to a worthy cause. Please drop yarn off at Holly’s Stitches & Crafts, Theresa’s Quilting Cottage, or contact Captain Darrin Heidbreder at 701-776-2245.

Lisa Hanson is the activity director at Haaland Estates. Tribune reporter Carissa Mavec contributed to this report.

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