Assembly of gift bags for Prison Project

Photo by Derek Gee, The Buffalo News


PeacePrints Prison Project Acknowledgements ~ In response to the Christmas gift bags that were delivered to inmates of the Wende Correctional Facility (for men) and the Albion Correctional Facility (for women), we have received a number of thank you notes from project recipients. Here are some of their comments:

“I, and other prisoners here at the Mental Health Unit at Wende Correctional Facility, received beautifully drawn/decorated bags with multiple items inside as Christmas gifts…. On behalf of myself, and all the other prisoners, I humbly and sincerely thank you. May Christ our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary bless each of you and your families.”

“Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.”

“Thankful and greatful [sic] for the time and thoughtfulness. That’s the true gift received. Sally.”

“Thanking you very much. Having no outside loved ones makes moments like this rewarding.”

“As a first time offender, I found the bag touching and thoughtful. Joseph M. drew a beautiful cross with an inspiring message. I thank you for thinking of the women at Albion and have a Merry Christmas.”

“Thank U Sooo much for thinking of us. I greatly appreciate it. God Bless U!! Candice L.”

“God blesses those that bring joy to others. God bless/thank you. Cynthia D.”

“Thank you for your generosity. It’s much appreciated. Much love. Beatrice G.”

“…I am writing to say thank you for the Gift. It meant a lot knowing that someone out there still cares. Yes I am from Buffalo, lived there all of my life, I didn’t know that your church exists. So with that can you put me on your prayer list and keep in prayer. I have six years left out of 20 ‘til I’m free.”

Thank you very much for the gift you sent to us. May God bless you abundantly. Ebony.”

“Thank you for your thoughtful gifts. God bless you. Iris P.”

“The best gift wasn’t the food in the bag, it was the message and the artwork on the bag that touched my heart. I would also like to thank the volunteers for thinking of us.”

“I would like to thank you for the gifts you sent us prisoners…! You really brightened our day. Many of us have no one special to send us things or words of encouragement. We especially love the pictures you drew on the bags. I will save that bag, and when I get out of prison, I am going to frame it. One day when I visit your church, I will give my testimony, and mention your gift. Thank you very much.”

“Thank you as always for remembering us. It always means so much!!!”   “Thank you so, so much! Olga M.”

“Thank you for your thoughtful gifts that we received at Christmas. Albion BIS”

“This Christmas has been rough, as my dad passed away earlier this month. The dapper little snowman with the checked hat and the red ‘Joy’ Christmas candle drawn on the bag are no proudly displayed in my cubicle…. They really cheer up my personal space and are hugely appreciated.”

“Thank you so much. Marie S.”   “Thank you. God Bless. Diane H.”