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Inmates Raise Over $11K for Hurricane Relief

March 23, 2018

By Rachel Friederich

DOC Communications

(Rachel Friederich, DOC Communications)

TACOMA – An organization offering aid to areas devastated by last year’s deadly hurricanes is receiving thousands of dollars in donations, thanks to inmates in Washington state.

Last month’s “Unguarded: Incarcerated Artist Auction for Hurricane Relief,” featured more than 200 inmate-made art pieces and brought in $11,875 that will be donated to the American Red Cross.

“It was an amazingly positive experience and the mood at the event was so festive!” said Kim Beckham, community partnership program coordinator at Cedar Creek Corrections Center (CCCC).

The idea for the auction came from a couple of inmates. Many of them had seen the destruction Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma had caused to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and portions of the southern U.S. One inmate at CCCC suggested offering some sort of aid to hurricane victims and another had the idea of an art sale. Beckham invited prisons across the state to participate.

More than 120 inmates submitted art for the auction, which was held at Bates Technical College February 16, 2018.

If you did not attend the auction but still want to contribute to hurricane relief, you can donate directly to the American Red Cross. State employees can make payroll contributions through the Washington State Combined Fund Drive.