Recently, Connecting Streams was given the opportunity to provide hundreds of chocolate bars for inmates at two Edmonton-area prisons. These prisons currently house approximately 1600 inmates combined. We have 35 CS volunteers who served regularly on teams at these two facilities prior to the pandemic.
The prison chaplains give a Christmas bag to each inmate in December. The paper lunch bags are decorated by school kids and then filled with a couple of chocolate bars, a pen, tissues, a small notebook, and a devotional book. These Christmas bags are a bright spot during what can be a very difficult season for many inmates. It means a lot to those inside of prison that they are remembered by people on the outside. Inmates in these facilities rarely receive letters or items from outside. This bag is likely the only gift the inmates will receive during the year.
We shared the opportunity at our CS national volunteer training event: Renewed on November 7 and then with many more of our volunteers and supporters. So many people responded so generously that the total donations surpassed our goal of $2500! We thank God!
We were able to provide 2000 chocolate bars and 400 pocket- packs of tissues for the two prison facilities with extra funds to spare! With the additional resources, we purchased treats for a third prison facility as well as gift cards for Chaplains.
Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to this project. Your donations will provide encouragement for hundreds of inmates this Christmas and for the chaplains who serve them.
God bless you.