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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi corrections officials say a private company has gathered hundreds of toys to be donated to the children of female inmates in state prisons and several county jails.

A Monday news release from the Department of Corrections says the toys will go to children ages 2 to 17 whose mothers are incarcerated in facilities that receive medical services from Health Assurance, LLC.

The company's staff will begin delivering the gifts on Saturday to children of more than 150 families in Washington, Issaquena, Bolivar, Leflore, Sunflower, Rankin, Pearl River, Hancock, Madison and Yazoo counties.

Case managers at MDOC facilities and officials at the Pearl River County and Hancock County jails helped identify the women to receive their permission to include their children in the gift-giving.

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