Do you have a few children’s books that might wing their way towards Soledad Prison? A great way for families to relate is sharing a book with a child.
This is written by Pastor Dale Sollom-Brotherton from the December Newsletter from Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos:
“Melanie Larson is developing a project to provide new children’s books for prisoners and their
families at Soledad Prison. She is working with prison officials and a local high school teacher
who has been meeting with prisoners for the past four years.
“Here’s what one prisoner wrote recently:
When reading The Grapes of Wrath two years ago at Soledad Prison, one of the inmates,
referring to the Joad’s plight from the dustbowl, said, “You know, when I killed that man, I put
his entire family in an emotional desert for the rest of their lives. I can’t make up for it, but let
me at least try to make my life meaningful to others.”
“This is why we go inside the prison. Deep connection and possibility.
“Using children’s books expands this effort to include the families of prisoners.
If you’d like todonate a book or two please bring it/them to the church office and leave in the box on the
desk. Or, give Melanie a call.
“I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was
in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:36)