4-H chapter donates stuffed animals and toys to inmates' children

Warden and Dep. Warden stand with donors holding animals
By Christine Reuter, Office Specialist 2, North Idaho Correctional Institution

North Idaho Correctional Institution Warden Aaron Krieger and Deputy Warden Brad Lutz had a pleasant surprise this week.

U of I Extension of Lewis County 4-H Program Manager Julia Stapleton as well as two ambassadors, Lottie Inglet and Stephen Koepl, delivered a generous donation of toys and stuffed animals they collected this summer for the inmate’s children. 

When the 4-H group was looking for a community service project, Stephen’s mother suggested a toy drive for the inmates. The objective and philosophy of 4-H is to strengthen the mental, physical, moral, and social development of boys and girls, thereby helping them to develop into competent, committed, and self-assured adults. 

Warden Krieger took the opportunity to share our mission with them and what the Idaho Department of Correction goals and vision are for inmates who enter our system. The shared goals and values of the department and many organizations in this community is apparent with the support the facility receives and relationships they have established on the Camas Prairie and the surrounding areas. 

Staff members expressed their gratitude for the donation on behalf of the NICI inmates and their children who will receive them at visitation.

Story published: 08/31/2018
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