Remember those imprisoned in Appalachia this holiday season.
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"The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."—Bryan Stevenson
The winter holidays are approaching. What will you be doing?
Traveling to see family and friends? Staying home and preparing a meal or two? Scrambling to buy presents to give to people you love?
The thousands of women and men imprisoned in Appalachia will be spending the holidays the way they always do: behind bars in concrete cells, far from friends and family, in a place that will never be home.
What is never an easy life is especially lonely and bleak around the holidays.
For imprisoned women and men, a book can be a balm. It can offer a chance to learn, to laugh, to escape into worlds far removed from the walls in which they are confined. It can also be a source of strength.
The Appalachian Prison Book Projects’ mission is simple: to put books into the hands of imprisoned people who, otherwise, have very limited access to educational materials. The people APBP serves have told us again and again how important books are in their lives, how crucial they are to their wellbeing, how essential they are to their post-prison dreams.
Thus far, APBP has mailed more than 18,000 books to imprisoned people in Appalachia. We’ve received generous donations of books; indeed, we have upwards of 10,000 ready to mail. But what we need most of all — desperately — is money for postage, wrapping paper, and tape. The average cost of sending a book to someone in prison in $3. Therefore, if you contributed $30, you would be giving 10 imprisoned women and men a chance to improve their lives with a book. A gift of $60 would, of course, mean 20 books — and 20 minds behind bars engaged in something meaningful, fulfilling, and potentially life-changing.
As you consider your holiday giving, please consider APBP. We are a 501c3 charitable organization, which means any gift is tax deductible. You may contribute online at or via check (made out to APBP) at:

PO Box 601
Morgantown, WV 26507.
Even a small contribution would make a huge difference.
Thank you, and happy holidays from your friends at APBP!
— Mark Brazaitis on behalf of the Appalachian Prison Book Project
Issue 5, Holidays 2016

This issue of Appalachian Prison Book Project News was produced by Mark Brazaitis, Katy Ryan and Diana Mazzella.

Copyright © 2016 Appalachian Prison Book Project, All rights reserved.

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