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MacLaren youths give back for the holidays


by: SUBMITTED - These hats are just a couple of dozens that were donated to charities in Oregon City by MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.Youths at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn are helping the homeless this holiday season by weaving hats and scarves.by: SUBMITTED - Gustavo, a youth at MacLaren Youth Correction Facility, weaves a hat with yarn and a loom as part of a holiday project.

The youth are members of the facility’s Hope Partnership Macrame Group program. Their handmade creations will be delivered during the holidays to St. Paul’s Place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and The Father’s Heart Street Ministry. The organizations, based in Oregon City, serve the homeless and others in need in Clackamas County.

“This type of activity helps teach troubled youth empathy and compassion for others,” said Dan Berger, superintendent of MacLaren YCF. “It helps them understand and appreciate needs beyond their own. And it supports the community by providing clothing that's both creative and functional, especially at this time of year.”

The Macrame Group will meet again in January after getting new supplies of yarn and looms, and will continue making scarves and hats for those in need throughout the winter months.

Donations of yarn and knitting materials are welcome, and can be donated by contacting Kathleen Fullerton at 503-982-4454 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Service projects by youth in close-custody facilities support OYA’s mission to protect the public by holding youth offenders accountable and providing reformation in safe environments. Youths also benefit from year-round support of volunteers, who during the holidays host parties, lead religious services and ensure youth receive gifts.