NCCF Helps Make Holidays a Little Brighter
NCCF Incarcerated Individuals Make the Holidays a Little Brighter for Local Families
By Mike Glover, NCCF Correctional Officer
Several groups of offenders from North Central Correctional Facility are making the holiday season a little brighter for many children. The Lifers, Insiders Group and Veterans Organization adopted three local families in need of assistance this Christmas season. They partnered with the nonprofit "New Opportunities" again this year, located in Calhoun County.
The relationship has been an enduring one. Heidi Billmeier of New Opportunities states that Calhoun county residents are the sole recipients of donations. She goes on to say “I’ve been with New Opportunities for 7 years and we have done it (helping families) for as long as I have been here, and I am certain for many years prior.” When asked if NCCF has helped in other ways, she responded “Along with Toys for Tots/Giving Tree program, the inmates/offenders and/or staff have provided us with school supplies for a number of years."
"The last 2 years the garden has provided us with fresh produce which the clients appreciate,” Correctional Officer JoDee Glover states. “Every child gets a new coat, mittens or gloves. The offenders are very generous. Without them, we could never give these families a happy and joyous holiday. This is how the offenders are giving back to society and they look forward to it every year."
The same groups at NCCF have also donated 75 presents to be given to offenders' children. Offenders each sign up for 1 present to be given to their children during visiting hours. Money is raised via fundraisers.