A surprising sight may be seen at the Bent County Correctional Facility. Convicted felons, crocheting. A group of about 25 inmates spend much of their time crocheting blankets, hats, scarves, booties, mittens, etc.

A surprising sight may be seen at the Bent County Correctional Facility. Convicted felons, crocheting. A group of about 25 inmates spend much of their time crocheting blankets, hats, scarves, booties, mittens, etc. They use books and instruction sheets and the men teach each other to learn new stitches and patterns.

The items they create are amazing. The men produce top quality crocheted items. The Crochet Group provides many benefits for the men in the group. Crocheting keeps the mind and hands occupied. Choosing the colors and stich pattern develops the creativity they didn't know they had. Some of the men create their own patterns. This helps them learn problem solving, patience and planning. The inmates get to be a part of something meaningful, productive and give back a little to society.

The Crochet Group benefits the men doing the crocheting, but it also benefits many persons in the community. Everything created is donated to local groups. Nursing homes receive lap blankets, floor mats and assorted bags. Schools receive hats, mittens and scarves. Pregnancy centers receive baby blankets, changing mats, burpers, clothing, hats, mittens and booties.

All items are created with yarn that is donated from groups and individuals. If you would like to donate yarn to this very worthwhile cause, you may take yarn to the Arkansas Valley Pregnancy Center at 118 W. Fourth St. in La Junta, the Bent County Democrat at 510 Carson Ave. in Las Animas, Las Animas Library at 306 W. Fifth in Las Animas or call Clara at (719) 456-2610, extension 22925.

A big "thank you" to everyone who has donated yarn. This could not happen without your help.