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Prisoners give handmade dollhouses, firehouses to children

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Prisoners from the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility have spent the last year building toy dollhouses and firehouses for Nashville children.

"Usually you don't hear of anything positive from a prison or a jail but this is one thing that we can give back," inmate Josh Trotter told Nashville's News 2, adding "it is just awesome to be able to do it."

Trotter and nine other prisoners are in a program called Building from the Heart.  They custom built and hand painted the toy houses which were donated to area children Thursday.

"We've been taken from the community and now we [are trying] to give back to the community that we once belonged too," Trotter continued.

Working in the Building from the Heart program is a privilege the men do not take for granted.

Inmate Robert McComb said, "I am just glad to see [there's] something that we can do."

Thursday morning, the men helped to load the toys into a van so employees could deliver them.

Kids at the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children received a dollhouse and a firehouse.

"We talk to our kids a lot about giving back to the community. This shows them that some of their small gifts made by hand mean so much," assistant director Shevette Summers explained.

This is the second year in a row the men have built and donated the custom, hand painted houses.

Along with Fannie Battle Day Home, houses were donated to the Reconciliation Guest House, Summit Medical Center and Centennial Women's and Children's Hospital.

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