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Inmates raise $1,000 for Enterprise relief

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Inmates at the Kilby Correctional Facility wanted to do something to help families in Enterprise recover from a March 1 tornado that killed eight high school students and an elderly woman.

They couldn’t be there to help physically, so they raised money instead.

Kilby inmates presented an oversized check for $1,001.98 to the American Red Cross Friday to be used in Enterprise.

Edward Flynn, an inmate housed in Kilby’s faith based honor dorm organized the fundraiser.

“It makes us feel good. We’re excited about it,” Flynn said in a statement released Friday. “We like to help even though we are on this side of the fence. We like to use the slogan, ‘Help us to help our neighbors.’ Our neighborhood is just behind the fence.”

More than 300 inmates contributed, with the largest donation being $50.

Inmates across the state raised more than $5,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief in Sept. 2005 and about $1,100 of that came from Kilby inmates.

Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said Kilby inmates aren’t able to earn income but can receive money from up to eight relatives.

Some inmates cleared out their accounts, giving as little as .6 cents or a quarter for the tornado project.

“My heart is so full that these men have chosen to give out of their own needs,” Red Cross account manager Helen Carroll said. “This is a sacrifice for them.

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