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The Most Appreciated Gift You’ll Give

Please consider joining Concord Prison Outreach’s annual Holiday Gift Bag Project through which we remember our incarcerated neighbors at both NCC and MCI Concord. Many of these men have no contact with people on the outside and are most appreciative of this good will gesture as expressed in one of the over sixty letters we received last year after the distribution of the gift bags:

“Thank you for thinking of us `inside’… I have no friends or family either, just people inside these walls.…Today you lifted my spirit and helped bring me back to a better place.”

Of all the gifts you buy this holiday these may be the most appreciated. For some of these neighbors, it may be the only gift they receive. Each of the 1700 inmates receives a gift bag containing:

  1. 1 bar of deodorant soap

  2. 1 tube of toothpaste 5.8 oz. or larger

  3. 1 writing pad (6″x 9″ or 5″x 8″, 100 pages, no wire)

  4. 1 box # 6 3/4 envelopes (6 1/2″x 3 5/8″)

  5. 1 pair of white crew socks (no tube socks, knee highs, or tennis socks)

  6. 1 plastic bottle shampoo (15 oz. max)

  7. 1 stick deodorant (no roll-ons)

  8. 1 pocket calendar (no wire)

  9. A holiday greeting card (Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings,

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah; no religious cards), signed with first name(s) only. Homemade cards are especially appreciated. For guidelines on the handmade cards please contact Carol Miller (978-369-3755 or

Donations of the above items are welcome in any quantity. They do not have to be in sets. Cash donations are also welcome. Your tax-deductible check may be made out to CPO, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 383, Concord, MA 01742.

Adult volunteers are needed to assist with the project weekdays beginning Monday Nov. 29th through Tuesday, Dec. 14th from 9-12:30. In addition there are two evening sessions: Wed., Dec 1st and Tues., Dec. 7th from 7-9 p.m. We request that volunteers sign up in advance for these two evening sessions. Please call Beverly Duncan (978-562-5075) or Carol Miller (978-369-3755) to sign up for the evening sessions and/or for more information. We especially hope that every inmate can receive a greeting card with a personal touch. Please remember that no last names or addresses should be included on the cards.

Gift bag items may be delivered to: Trinity Episcopal Church 81 Elm St., Concord at the River St. entrance between Elm St. & Main St. from Nov. 29 – Dec. 6th

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