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Toys Benefiting the Community

December 22, 2017

By Tim Kelly

DOC Communications

(Tim Kelly, DOC Communications)

FORKS – Not all of Santa’s elves are in the North Pole. Some are making toys at Olympic Corrections Center (OCC) in Forks, Wash.

Incarcerated maintenance workers at the facility spend some of their time working on projects in the facility’s woodshop. The finished crafts are used for various Forks community auctions and events.

Positive interaction with the community is a value the department strives for in its mission to improve public safety. Programs like the woodshop provide opportunities for self-improvement and help avoid idleness.

During the holidays, the woodshop donates the crafts to the Cherish Our Children auction which is conducted by the city of Forks and the Quileute tribe. Designs include toys, chairs, planters, and signs.

Cherish Our Children takes the proceeds raised by the auctioned hand-crafted toys and uses the funds to purchase holiday gifts for children in need. Olympic Corrections Center sent 37 items and two cords of firewood for this year’s auction.

This year the inmates also partnered with a local company, Dahlgren Logging, to decorate a tree for the Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest's Festival of Trees. Olympic Corrections Center couldn’t sponsor a tree but made all the patriotic themed decorations that adorned it. In March, more items will be made and donated to Forks High School for their annual Quillayute Valley School District Scholarship Auction.