Donations bring Christmas to prisoners

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The people of the Diocese of Nashville have provided an outpouring of support during the Christmas season for inmates in state prisons. 

“In addition to the many services that Catholic volunteers, visitors, letter writers and donors regularly provide to our imprisoned sisters and brothers in Middle Tennessee, we have, this 2021 Christmas season, expressed the love of Christ through many gifts and activities,” said Deacon James Booth, who leads the diocese’s Prison Ministry. 

Among the items donated and activities were: 

  • More than 2,500 pairs of socks for the prisoners. 
  • 800 bottles of hand lotion that were distributed among the women prisoners at the Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center in Nashville. 
  • Special meals for the prisoners. 
  • Hundreds of Christmas cards for prisoners. 
  • Helped deliver Christmas gifts to those incarcerated. 

“All of these were made possible by the time and treasure of many individuals and parishes in the Diocese,” Deacon Booth said. “The prisoners were tremendously grateful, both for the gifts but even more for the expression of love and concern that those gifts brought to prison cells throughout Middle Tennessee.” 

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