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Waymart Helping Brothers/Sisters at USP Canaan

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January 23, 2019 12:00 AM
By: Sue McNaughton

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Due to the federal shutdown that began, many federal workers across the nation are having to make due whatever way possible. Some federal employees have been furloughed, but others – like the staff at federal prisons – continue to do their jobs daily regardless of pay.

The employees of Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institution at Waymart, led by Lt. Dennis Cush, have their brothers and sisters at the U.S. Penitentiary Canaan – which is nearby Waymart's grounds – in mind when they began collecting items for the federal prison employees.

"We imagined ourselves being in their shoes and how difficult things must be for them financially," said Superintendent Kevin Ransom. "We too would continue to work to protect public safety. USP Canaan's employees, just like us, are dedicated individuals. So, we decided hold a collection for them."

Employees are collecting non-perishable items, such as soaps, shampoos, diapers, baby wipes, etc. Collections boxes have been ends.

According to Waymart's PIO Christine Altemier, "We delivered items on Jan. 22, and they were so welcoming and thankful."

On Jan. 23, Warden Bradley from USP Canaan emailed his/her staff to inform them that the donated items were received and available for taking on a first come, first served method.

"The staff at SCI Waymart have graciously donated items for staff use during the shutdown," Bradley said.

Items donated were:

  • Deodorant (men and women)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dishwasher Pods
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouth Wash
  • Q-Tips
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Socks
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Baby Soap
  • Baby Lotion
  • Baby Powder
  • Wipes
  • Girl and Boy Pull-ups (size 3T/4T)
  • Newborn Diapers
  • Size 1 Diapers
  • Size 2 Diapers
  • Size 3 Diapers
  • Size 4 Diapers
  • Size 5 Diapers
  • Dry Dog Food
  • Cat Food
  • Canned Goods
  • Pasta

In addition to assistance from SCI Waymart, federal employees also were able to obtain items from the Waymart Fire Department.

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