A Few Dollars of Christmas Cheer

At an Oregon prison, an anonymous donor gave the equivalent of $4.11 for each inmate. It's enough to buy a pair of gloves at the prison store, or perhaps a crucifix.

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Every inmate at the Oregon State Penitentiary gets little something for Christmas. An Oregon businessman made an anonymous gift. He gave $10,000 for prisoners. Once it's divided up, each inmate gets $4.11. They can spend that money in the prison canteen. And for that kind of money, you can buy wool gloves or a box of wheat thins. Or if you like to do that, you can spend the money to buy a crucifix.

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