In Chesapeake, Virginia, a gift for two local teenagers came from an unexpected place: Four inmates at the Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Virginia.
According to an article by WTKR News, LeMar Anderson and three other inmates decided to save up and donate lawn mowers, gas tanks, branded t-shirts, and businesses cards to the teens to help them start their own lawn care businesses.
Anderson says these lawnmowers are more than just a gift. He hopes this will give the kids the opportunity to do work during the summertime to help keep them from getting into mischief or down the wrong path.
Seventeen-year-old Demario Locus says receiving the donations feels good because he’s doing something productive and doesn’t have to depend on anyone’s lawn mower.
The other recipient, Malik A., says it feels good because he is a business owner.
LeMar had some advice for the two in a letter he wrote them: “Think of this as a way to make some money the right way – and avoid some of the same mistakes that I am in and avoid some of the places I am in.”