Our local Christmas card program aims to put as many Christmas cards as possible into the hands of incarcerated individuals.
For many people who are incarcerated, this might be the only piece of mail they receive during their time at the correctional facility. Many inmates report to CentrePeace that they often feel forgotten during the Christmas season.
We work with Pennsylvania churches and other groups to create about 6,000 hand-drawn Christmas cards each year. Children ages 5-18 decorate the cards and sign their first name and age. Each card is digitally scanned and carefully screened to make sure there is no identifying information before they are distributed to incarcerated individuals.
The Christmas Card program was launched in 1982 and has served tens of thousands of incarcerated men and women in state prisons and regional county correctional facilities across the state.