South Carolina currently houses approximately 2,000 female inmates.  Of these, 500 are classified as mentally ill, and nearly 600 have serious medical problems. 

Each year I do Christmas Boxes for women who are incarcerated in the SC Department of Corrections.  I began this program in 2005 by doing three boxes, last year I did 29.  This program is very dear to my heart, as I am a former inmate myself.  I did 2-1/2 years for a white collar crime and was released March 1, 2005.  I met some amazing women during my incarceration.  While I realize that there are people in prison who deserve to be there for the crimes they have committed, I also realize that these women need to know that there is someone who cares about them and are willing to help them.   It is very difficult to be away from your family, especially at the holidays.

One rule for my program is that I do not offer assistance to anyone convicted of a crime involving a child.
 
I have so many women who have contacted me requesting assistance this year, so I hope you will open your hearts and extend your generosity to this cause.  There are mothers, grandmothers, women of every race and cultural class that I offer assistance to. 

I also do gifts for the children of some of the women, where they can get a gift from their mom.  If you would like your donation to be used for this please let me know.

Donations can be mailed to the address below or made online at breakingthechains.weebly.com.  (Click on Donate button and then Paypal)

Receipts can be provided for tax purposes upon request.
 

 


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04/18/2011 00:05

If you wish to be the best man, you must suffer the bitterest of the bitter.

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