With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the staff at our OCPM headquarters wondered, “What can we do to help someone in need?” We called the local jail, and they put us in touch with a nonprofit that donates Thanksgiving meals to families with a loved one in jail.
We signed up to help deliver the food, and went to pick up boxes of turkeys, canned goods, and fresh produce. Each box had enough food for several meals. We met some wonderful families along the way. At one house, a young boy smiled at us as we approached. “Is that box heavy?” he asked. “Yes!” we answered. And then he started laughing, a contagious laugh that revealed his excitement at receiving this bountiful gift.
At another home, we dropped off two boxes. With the breadwinner in jail, several generations are now living under one roof. As we’ve said before, When someone gets locked up, someone else gets locked out. We were reminded this week of the hardships that are faced by families when someone is incarcerated.