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Prisoners get a taste of holiday cheer

5 years ago Friday, December 04, 2009 2:59:37 PM CST December 04, 2009 Friday, December 04 2009 Dec 4, 2009 in News
Source: WBRZ

Inmates who wouldn't normally get a chance to spend time with their kids during Christmas will get that opportunity this weekend.

The Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women is hosting its annual "Christmas Extravaganza."  Incarcerated moms will have a chance to spend quality time with their children and distribute gifts.

Volunteers from as far away as Africa have come to help with the event.  They started collecting toys in October.  Today, they decorated the prison's gym.  The inmates wrapped gifts they will give to their children during tomorrow's event.

"I love my grandson so much," said LaMonica Thomas.  "At least I have something I can give him from me even though I'm not there."

"The purpose of this program is to reach children and make a difference in their lives," said Gary Sumrall, LCIW Chaplain.  "If we can change the life of one, then it's been worth it all."

This is the 16th year of the program.  Prisoners who participate are chosen based on good behavior. 

About 200 children are expected to attend Saturday's event.

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