Members of Chapter 89 in Lima gathered outside the Fraternal Order of Eagles parking lot on Robb Avenue for a mission: helping the area homeless by providing sleeping bags. Their job was to unroll the bags and place them in rows on the pavement of the parking lot to apply a protective waterproof spray on each sleeping bag.
What made the project possible was another group of veterans— Chapter 732 , a group of 34 inmates who are incarcerated at Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution. They made each sleeping bag from scraps of prison uniforms that would normally go to the landfill.
The inmates put at least eight to 10 hours of work into each bag. Along with the sleeping bags, prisoners also created duffel bags, personal carry bags, and gloves to be given out to the homeless through several different agencies. Some of the inmates have even donated some of their own money to the project, which prisoners work on during their own time.
Photo by Craig J. Orosz, The Lima News