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"I like knowing that they're going to children," says CCA inmate Mathew Bay. "I like knowing that."
All of these toy makers are doing time, but they're as dedicated a group of elves as you'll find, each one with special skills helping them to create amazing doll and firehouses for children at Midstate hospitals and nonprofits.
"Carpentry is my thing," says CCA inmate Wayne Earp. "It's what I do in here and it's what I've done on the streets."
This team of inmates has been cutting, painting, gluing and clear coating handmade creations for months, and they're pushing hard to have everything ready for the big day.
"There's no house in here that's built by any one person," says CCA inmate Robert McCombs. "Everybody's got their hands in everything in here. It's a real team effort."
McCombs helped get the ball rolling last year beginning with a doll house made of cardboard. That has morphed into all of this, a labor of love, making spirits there bright.
"You would think they would be sad during Christmas time but their hearts are big right now," says CCA's Elaine Stephens. "They're really excited about the children getting these."
What little girl wouldn't like a doll house like these? Some of these houses are so elaborate. All the doors actually open, all the comforts of home, complete with electricity. The fire houses are new this year, complete with ladder trucks, each one very nearly ready for a new home outside these walls. The CCA inmates will load up their creations for delivery Thursday morning. Stops include Summit Medical Center and the Fannie Battle Child Care Center in East Nashville.
Thursday, December 20 2012, 12:05 AM CST
Memphis libraries seeking funding
May 25, 2013 13:07 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The public library system in Memphis is hoping to secure $2.9 million to add employees and increase its collection.
The Memphis Daily News (http://bit.ly/19BANxH) reports the Memphis Public Library & Information Center cites the figures as part of its strategic plan.
A study by the Friends of the Library and the Memphis Library Foundation found that during the past five years, the system's budget has been cut 21 percent and hours were reduced 20 percent.
The goal of the new funding would be to add 47 employees to the 18-location library system and increase the collections budget to $2 million from less than $1 million.
Library director Keenon McCloy says the plan is a "roadmap for the future."
Information from: The Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com
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