Idaho inmates to make weighted blankets for those in need

The Idaho Department of Correction and the Idaho Association of Counties have teamed up to make weighted blankets for people in need.

The blankets mimic a firm hug and help individuals to feel secure and safe. They're filled with non-toxic pellets that provide deep pressure without being restricting. The weight causes the body to produce serotonin and endorphins.

According to a release from the Idaho Department of Correction, adults, teens, and children can benefit from the blankets. They can be used to help you sleep, or to calm you down if you are anxious.

The Idaho Association of Counties and the Idaho Department of Correction are asking for your help. The Idaho Department of Correction is implementing a Weighted Blanket Project in correctional facilities. Inmates will be making the blankets, which they will donate across the state. Donations of all different types of fabrics, poly-pellets, and batting are needed.

You can drop materials off at the following locations:
Idaho Association of Counties
3100 S. Vista Ave., Ste. 200
Boise, ID 83705

Idaho Department of Correction
1299 N. Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83706

Idaho Public Health Districts

Idaho State Hospital North
300 Hospital Dr.
Orofino, ID 83544

Idaho State Hospital South
700 E. Alice
Blackfoot, ID 83221