The spirit of giving during the Christmas season comes in all shapes, sizes and from all directions — even from behind bars.
For the past six years several vocational programs at Centinnela State Prison west of Seeley have been joining their efforts and skills to refurbish bicycles and donate them to the community during Christmas.
The event was spearheaded by six inmates participating in the small-engines repair vocational program, who worked with other inmates in the auto shop, auto body paint, automotive upholstery and machine and welding shop programs. Together they have refurbished 102 bicycles this year.
About the same amount of bikes is refurbished each year.
"It's a way of giving back and contributing to society," said inmate Michael Story, 30, one of the six men participating in the small-engines repair program this year.