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CRANSTON, R.I. – November 29, 2007 – Minimum Security inmates from the Rhode Island Department of Corrections have participated in several projects around the state in recent weeks to help the needy of our state.

The following is a list of projects to which eligible Minimum inmates have been assigned: •Sorting canned goods for Thanksgiving baskets for the Salvation Army •Refurbishing and repairing headstones for the Veteran’s Cemetery in Exeter •Assisting with the “Nightlife Community” at the Cranston Senior Center •Preparing Thanksgiving baskets for needy seniors at the W. Warwick Senior Center •Helping to serve Thanksgiving dinner at the W. Warwick Senior Center

In addition, members of the CCRI/RIDOC Construction Technology Class are making Adirondack chairs and matching fish-shaped tables and donating them to the Impossible Dream, a non-profit organization devoted to granting dreams to chronically ill children of Rhode Island. The outdoor sets will be enjoyed by children at the organization’s public park in Warwick.

Impossible Dream's Executive Director Diane Penza and Jack O’Neal, Playground Manager, visited Minimum Security to personally thank the inmates on Thursday, November 29th, at 5 p.m. and to tell them something about their organization's mission and how the gift will ultimately be used. A prototype was on display.

The completed table and chair sets will be delivered to the Impossible Dream during the week of December 17th.

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