By Associated Press
Saturday, November 27, 2010
SWANTON, Vt. — At Northwest State Correctional Facility, Yolanda Slothower is more than Inmate No. 57640. She’s part of “the Crochet Club,” a group of women who turn donated yarn into hats, scarves and mittens to be given to Vermont shelters and child-care facilities over the holidays. The program, started three years ago by a worker at the state Agency of Human Services, solicits donations of yarn, cardboard boxes of which are then forwarded to the women’s prison in Swanton. There, about a dozen women participating in the voluntary program use crochet hooks to fashion colorful head- and hand-warmers for distribution to homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters and other agencies.