Neb. Inmates Donate Est. $2,000 to Haiti Relief

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People all over the world are donating money to help earthquake victims in Chile and Haiti.

Even those behind bars are digging deep into their pockets.

Unlikely Good Samaritans

Clayton Kern and Willie Tucker are both serving life sentences for murder at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

"We're in here because we made a mistake," Kern said. "We made a bad choice, but we're still human, and you see that on TV. You just kind of... want to help."

"A lot of people lost their loved ones, and they needed medical assistance," Tucker said. "And that $10, if we could have helped them any, I felt blessed to do so."

Both inmates sent $10 to Haiti. That may not sound like a lot of money, but considering how little prisoners make, it was a small fortune.

Kern only makes $3.78 a day while Tucker makes only $1.21 a day.

Inmate: They Needed it More

"It is a sacrifice when you think about a scale of $1.21 a day up to $3.78 a day," said Bob Houston, director of Nebraska Department of Corrections. "To give the amounts, even $10 or $20, it's huge. It's like somebody on the outside giving their entire monthly income to a charitable cause."

"They needed it, more than I did," Tucker explained. "I'm still going to have three meals a day. I'm not hurting for anything."

Kern added, "$10 in here is probably like a thousand out there."

Twenty-two hundred miles from the devastation in Haiti and in the midst of trying to survive the quakes of life behind thick barbed wire fences, these prisoners decided they had to help -- and they were by no means the only ones.

"When something like that happens in society, you can hear the talk around the yard that a lot of guys wish they can help," Tucker said.

Houston says inmates from several facilities sent him letters, asking to help.

"They have nearly 200 people that want to contribute to Haiti," Houston said. "It's, in my mind, an incredible number."

Prisoners with next to no income sent $2,015 to the Red Cross, answering the call to meet a great need.

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