Inmates create superhero capes for charity
Capes will be given to children of the community living with cancer
–On Wednesday, June 1 the Women’s Honor Farm Sewing Program presented 50 super capes made by the inmates to Jack’s Helping Hand at the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. The program encourages female inmates to feel connected to the community. Each super cape was specifically designed with a child’s age and gender in mind. The super capes allow the children to use their imaginations, forget their illnesses for a time, and just be kids.
Jack’s Helping Hand assists children with illnesses and disabilities, providing special treatment, services, equipment, and transportation that are not provided by other sources; or which exceed family financial capabilities. JHH is assisting Reach for the Stars Foundation with a special camp June 3 through June 5 for children on the central coast living with cancer.
Senior Correctional Deputy Lisa Piotrowski said the sewing project really connected with the female inmates on many different levels. “Many of them have had a family member or friend who has been afflicted with cancer,” she said. “Additionally, many of the inmates have children and can relate as a parent to watching their child deal with an illness. In this case, the children receiving the capes are living with cancer. The inmates spent a lot of time making sure the capes were perfect for the children. I saw them become emotionally involved with this project. If some fabric and time can help a child forget he’s sick, even for a moment, it’s worth the time spent sewing.”
For further information visit www.jackshelpinghand.org.