WWII Veterans benefit from Alabama prisoners

Montgomery, Ala(WSFA)-- World War II veterans are benefiting from the generosity of an unlikely group, prisoners.

Inmates at Kilby Correctional Facility donated more than $1,700 to local charities including the American Red Cross, Adullam House, and Honor Flight.

The Honor Flight program flies veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.

Mayor Jim Byard attended the event,"folks do not realize that people who are incarcerated have feelings and this certainly shatters that myth, " Byard said, "these folks have fathers and grandfathers that served in World War II."

When the inmates began raising money in 2005, they raised about $5,000 for the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief fund.