My Favorite Night of the Year

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My Favorite night of the year

Described by a young prison inmate, David,  JLWOP  ( A Juvenile Life without Parole)

What this young man is describing is the night when the missions board members at the prison chapel, put together Children’s Christmas bags to be delivered to the local city Homeless shelter for kids that basically have no Christmas.

The mission’s Board is made up of about a dozen inmates. They are mostly lifers or inmates with long prison sentences. What they have in common is a love for God and a close supportive fellowship with each other. These guys make from 23 to 42 cents an hour, for those that have jobs. That pay is about $35 to $50 per month.

The mission board sends out over $500 per month to various children’s ministries  they support worldwide. They do two major projects each year. One is sending poor and homeless kids to summer camp. The other project is packing these Christmas bags for the homeless kids at the city shelter. Each bag is packed with candy, snacks, and small toys that they are permitted to purchase at the prison commissary for the project. The Chaplain then personally delivers the bags to the shelter the week of Christmas.


“Tonight is one of my FAVORITE nights of the year!!! The mission committee meets in the chapel to begin to sort and organize the gift bags for the homeless children. I am continually amazed at the generosity of my fellow inmates who have so little yet give so much.

Hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving! I am looking forward to eating several portions of cranberry sauce…yes, the out of the can version is still the best!”

(This inmate was incarcerated at age 18 and is now 28. He is serving life without parole in PA)


This group of men, gives nearly all they have to these Missions Board Projects. Their level of love and excitement is an example to all of us.

Approximately 200 men attend the prison chapel.  This group is a beacon of light in a dark place of isolation.  Their generosity has a worldwide affect to the Glory of God!

Visit the web page, and click “programs” to see how you can be an encouragement to these Godly men. 

If you are able and would like to make a donation, click on the “DONATE” button…any gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, by Rick DiLaurenzo (website editor) and his wife, Jo DiLaurenzo

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