Texas inmates donate over $53000 to Hurricane Harvey victims

Texas inmates donate over $53000 to Hurricane Harvey victims

Texas inmates donate over $53000 to Hurricane Harvey victims

After Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in late August, inmates in the Lone Star State made a decision to do something to help the relief effort.

According to the Dallas Morning News, over 6,600 inmates have donated $53,863 from their commissary funds to help the hurricane victims.

About 7,000 inmates donated money from their meager allowances, which are usually used for extra food or personal items, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Clark told the Dallas Morning News that the inmates can contribute as little as $1, but give as much as they like.

Clark says that while the average individual donation was around $8, some inmates contributed hundreds of dollars.

Clark reports that this is not the first time prisoners have pitched in to help following the natural disaster. The donations won't count toward the inmates' spending limit of $95 every two weeks.

Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, offenders donated more than $40,000 to the Red Cross, the department said.

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