Inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola this month are donating 200 wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes they refurbished to people in Guatemala through Wheels for the World.
The prisoners also are donating a container of handmade toys they constructed through the inmate organization, The Toy Shop, which provides toys for children whose families cannot afford them.
A large truck will arrive at the prison on Aug. 11 to pick up the medical devices and toys. They should arrive in Guatemala in December.
The inmates refurbished the medical devices as part of Angola Warden Burl Cains Moral Rehabilitation program at the prison. He says once inmates reach the point where they qualify for the Moral Rehabilitation Programs, they tend to want to give back to society and The Toy Shop and Wheels for the World projects are two ways they can do that.
Wheels for the World was founded by Joni Eareckson Tada in 1979, 13 years after a diving accident left her a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. Seventeen U.S. correctional institutions participate in the program, which collects more than 34,000 wheelchairs for inmates to refurbish and ship to developing nations.