Food drive helps Kenton County inmates get extra Thanksgiving time with their families

Posted at 8:20 PM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 11:34:54-05

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Lindsey Bazan spent Thanksgiving Day at the Kenton County Detention Center.

Bazan isn’t an inmate. She brought her 11-day-old daughter, Addlyn, to visit the girl's father, who would normally be allowed just 15 minutes of family time for the holiday. Despite the time limit, Bazan said Thanksgiving was meant to be celebrated as a family.

"(We’re) trying to keep her involved as much as possible, despite the situation," Bazan said.

And Bazan and other visitors got a special holiday gift Thursday: instead of a 15-minute conversation with their loved ones, they were able to earn 30 minutes by donating canned food to food-insecure families through Action Ministries.

"It’s a bonus," said Kathleen Hill, who came to the detention center to visit her fiancé. "Help somebody out to get a little extra time with our family."

A half-hour Thanksgiving is still shorter than most families would like, but, Hill said, every minute spent with loved ones is precious.

Kenton County Detention Center officials said inmates and their families might have the option to earn more time at Christmas by participating in a toy drive.