Putnamville Correctional Facility Seeks Fabric and Elastic Donations

Greencastle, Ind.—  Putnamville Correctional Facility continues to make fabric masks for the community. However, the facility is currently running out of donated materials.

That’s where you come in.  You can make a difference by donating 100 % cotton material, hair ties and elastic.  The hair ties have been found to be a suitable substitute for elastic if needed since elastic is somewhat scarce right now.

The production within the correctional setting is meeting the needs of the community by producing 1000’s of masks for first responders, hospitals, local emergency management agencies, law enforcement agencies, medical clinics, grocery store staff, pharmacies, and military personnel.  The IDOC has plenty of offenders who want to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, but the IDOC needs your help for the production of masks to continue.

If you would like to donate items for masks to the IDOC to help, please contact Community Service Director Jackie Storm at dstorm@idoc.in.gov or 812-398-5050, Extension 3117.  She will assist you with the donation process.


Background

As widely reported, face masks have been in short supply for health professionals as well as for the public. This is why the Indiana Department of Correction began, and continues to manufacture face masks in prison facilities. As of April 17, 2020 face masks have been supplied to each IDOC prison facility. All 27,000 offenders and 6,000 staff have received a mask. IDOC continues to produce masks. These donations has not interrupted the supply chain of personal protective equipment to IDOC facilities.


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