SOS Radio hosted a special Christmas party for children with incarcerated parents in Las Vegas. It was a partnership with an organization called HopeForPrisoners.org which helps men & women coming out of prison re-enter society. The stats show children with incarcerated parents have a higher probability of going to prison themselves unless there’s intervention in that family cycle.
The Hope for Prisoners Christmas party gave 20 different families a personal living room Christmas experience complete with gifts, stockings and a catered meal by Las Vegas chefs! The team decorated Nevada Department of Corrections Casa Grande Prison Center with 20 individual living room settings. Each family had a personal living room experience set up with couches next to a coffee table with Christmas treats, and a fresh cut decorated Christmas tree. (Walker Furniture made the living room settings possible) Many of the inmates had the opportunity to surprise their children in person at the party and share hugs and gifts! Here’s a few of the powerful pictures! (Photo credit to Jackie Kimura)
Tons of gifts, bikes & stockings were passed out to the children, plus foster parents & guardians were blessed with stacks of giftcards! SOS Radio personalities played Christmas music and shared the Christmas story with the children. Las Vegas Metro Police officers passed out teddy bears to the children too!
There was some neat reconciliation stories like one dad who had never held his daughter until this party. The toddler was born after he started his prison sentence. Watch the kids hugging mom & dad, sharing special moments in this video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9TBAkpZvnM
SOS Radio listeners donated toys, bikes, giftcards and stockings filled with gifts for children with incarcerated parents.
Nevada Department of Corrections Director, Jim Dzurenda shared with SOS Radio’s morning show host Scott Herrold about how the State of Nevada has shifted its entire vision for rehabilitation over the last two years here. This is fascinating.