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Lakeview donates boots for children

Submitted Photo Pictured from left to right are Judy McCord, Union Relief member, Cynthia Erdle, correction’s officer, Randy Tricano, vocational instructor whose inmates constructed the boot display, and Anita Ortiz, Deputy Superintendent of Program Services and the head of Make a Difference Day committee at the correctional facility.

Special to the OBSERVER

BROCTON — During October, the Lakeview Correctional Facility in Brocton graciously and generously offered to assist Westfield’s Union Relief by purchasing winter boots for 60 Westfield children who might not have otherwise had winter boots to keep their feet warm this winter.

Staff from the Lakeview Correctional Facility picked a boot tag off of a snow-covered mountain display built, decorated, and painted by inmates in the correctional facility’s Painting and Decorating Vocational Class.

These tags contained information of a child’s age and boot size, and the staff then shopped for the winter boots. Union Relief was overwhelmed by the generosity of the staff at the correctional facility. Lori Callinan, the contact person at the facility stated, “It was a fun donation project for our staff. It was greatly received.”

Westfield Union Relief and the families that received the boots were very appreciative that Lakeview donated the winter boots.

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