Prison inmates are counting on you to help them send Christmas messages to their families

By Kimberly Porrazzo     10/20/2017

The Diocesan Office of Restorative Justice / Detention Ministry exists to offer support and resources to the incarcerated. As OC Catholic writer Larry Urish reported in his Oct. 15 feature story “Caring for Everyone” (available online at occatholic.com), the largest collective Catholic population in Orange County is comprised of those in our local adult jail system and juvenile facilities. Urish wrote: “More Catholics are locked up in Orange County than the number of those who pray and serve at any other single locale in the diocese.”

Among the many services the Restorative Justice ministry provides to those in jail is the opportunity to reach out to their loved ones during the holidays with Christmas cards. They are given greeting cards as well as postage stamps that have been donated for the ministry’s annual “Operation Christmas Spirit” program.

This is where you come in. The Restorative Justice ministry is in desperate need of Forever postage stamps for the supply of cards they currently have, which must be delivered to the correctional facilities by November. If you’ve been looking for a way to give back, this is a great place to start.

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Office of Restorative Justice at 1820 W. Orangewood Ave. Suite 101, Orange, CA 92868. For more information on the program, call 714-634-9909 or visit rcbo.org/restore.