Nevada County Juvenile Hall has fifth annual “Beanies for Babies” project. |

Nevada County Juvenile Hall has fifth annual “Beanies for Babies” project.

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Nevada County Juvenile Hall has kicked off its fifth annual “Beanies for Babies” project.

Each year during the holiday season, youth at the Juvenile Hall have used looms to knit more than 400 beanies that have been donated to various charities. The girls and boys housed at Juvenile Hall volunteer to participate by spending their free-time knitting hats.

The knitted hats are made in three sizes: infant, child and adult. This year, the beanies will be donated to local charities, including The Hospitality House, Santa’s Christmas shop, Freed, CPS and the Domestic Violence Coalition.

This project has been successful in teaching youth at the Juvenile Hall about charity and the value of giving back to their community.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to make a positive contribution while incarcerated here,” said Lynn Slay, who coordinates the project. “It also builds self esteem by giving youth a sense of accomplishment.”

From now until Christmas, the youth will spend their time knitting and crocheting to fulfill a goal of 100 beanies by Christmas.

Area residents who are interested in assisting the project are encouraged to donate any unused yarn to the Nevada County Juvenile Hall. Potential donors may contact Slay at (530) 470-2603 for directions and convenient drop off times.

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