Whereas watching information protection of the pandemic and financial struggles on the surface, one native inmate had an thought on methods to assist from the within.
CLEVELAND — We get lots of mail at WKYC, however I can not ever recall a letter like this.
Just a little background: I often assist out with mail for the newsroom and thru out the pandemic I have been lending a hand within the mailroom to type and distribute the myriad of letters, packages, journal, newspapers and “mail” of all kinds.
In early September, whereas sorting by way of a stack of mail, I got here throughout a letter that wasn’t addressed to anybody specifically. The (appropriate) station deal with was neatly typed. The return deal with: INMATE MAIL Richland Correctional.
Jail mail is nothing new to any tv station. We are sometimes requested by these incarcerated to take an additional take a look at their case or hear their pleas for assist.
Having been a recipient of items of inmate mail myself, I can let you know they vary from mundane to downright weird. ALL of them are documented.
On this case the letter was neatly folded. The phrases had been clear and typed. Full sentences. Nothing about being wronged or handled poorly.
In truth, it’s the reverse.
Charles Hopper Junior is the creator of this letter. He’s at the moment at Richland Correctional (min/med safety) on yr three of a seven yr sentence for 2nd diploma felonious assault (2 counts had been merged collectively). He received right into a struggle at a celebration in 2017. He ended up in jail.
From the within of the jail Mr. Hopper was struck by how many individuals on the surface had been struggling financially within the pandemic.
That concept resulted in virtually $1,600 donated to the Akron Regional Meals Financial institution. That sum of money can present about 6,400 meals for a few of these in want.
Mr. Hopper was stunned at how a lot the cash would assist.
Once I requested him why he selected to ship the letter to WKYC his reply was clear: He desires to problem different prisons to do the identical.
Betsy Kling is the Chief Meteorologist, 5PM Anchor and occasional mail sorter at WKYC.