2016 Holiday Gift Bag Project
Please join us in CPO’s Holiday Gift Bag Project to bring a bit of hope and holiday cheerfulness to each of the men incarcerated in Concord’s two prisons. Including our incarcerated neighbors in our holiday observance has become a tradition for individuals and faith groups. We thank you most heartily for the generous support you have shown in the past and encourage you, your families and friends to again be part of the Holiday Gift Bag Project this year.
To help, here is what you need to know.
Each gift bag will contain the following items as approved by the Department of Correction. As always, please follow the specifications:
• 1 bar of deodorant soap, 4-5 oz.
• 1 tube toothpaste, 5.8-6 oz.
• 1 pad WHITE paper, 6” x 9” or 5” x 8”, 100 pages (no wire)
• 1 box WHITE envelopes, 6 3/4 – 6 1/2” x 3 5/8”
• 1 pair white CREW socks preferably 5 inches of ribbing or less (no tube socks, knee highs or “tennis socks”)
• 1 bottle (plastic) shampoo, 12 – 15 oz.
• A nonreligious, handmade holiday greeting card with an uplifting, personal message, signed with only your first name, please. Note that no type of glue or tape or stickers may be used. (Please see Holiday card making page for complete instructions.)
We welcome donations of the above items in any quantity. They do not need to be in sets, and many donors give multiple units of one item on the list. All donations are sorted, and each gift bag is assembled by volunteers. Cash donations are also welcome; they enable CPO to purchase items when necessary. Your tax-deductible check should be made out to “Concord Prison Outreach,” earmarked “Holiday Gifts,” and mailed to:
Concord Prison Outreach, Holiday Gift Bag Project, PO Box 383, Concord, MA 01742
Drop-off dates for the items are Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Monday, Dec. 5 at:
Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, MA
Adult volunteers are needed on weekday mornings Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Monday, Dec. 5, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord. There will be one evening session on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Sessions will be cancelled on days when the Concord schools are closed for snow. For the evening session we request that volunteers sign up in advance. Please call or email:
The impact these bags have on the inmates can be understood best in their own words. Each year we receive many thank you notes. Here are excerpts from two:
“Your gift lifted my spirits and put hope into my heart…At times this can be a place of darkness anddespair”
“Just want thank everyone for making Christmas a little brighter…it is people like you that makethe world a better place”