The winter holidays are approaching. We hope you will be sharing them with 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.
For the people served by the Appalachian Prison Book Project, life is never easy — and it’s especially lonely and bleak during the holidays.
For imprisoned women and men, a book can be a balm. It can offer a chance to learn, to laugh, and to escape into worlds far removed from the walls in which they are confined.
APBP’s 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. Books often serve as a connection to the outside world — and as an imaginative escape from the very hard circumstances in which they find themselves.
Thus far, APBP has mailed more than 20,000 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 is $4. Therefore, if you contributed $40, you would be giving 10 imprisoned women and men a chance to improve their lives with a book. A gift of $80 would, of course, mean 20 books — and 20 minds behind bars engaged in something meaningful, fulfilling, and potentially life-changing.
On this Giving Tuesday, please consider APBP. We are a 501c3 charitable organization, which means any gift is tax deductible. You may contribute online at https://aprisonbookproject.wordpress.com/donate/ or via check (made out to APBP) at: APBP, 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