SOS Radio & Hope for Prisoners hosted their annual 50 Christmases for children with incarcerated parents. Each December, they setup 50 individual living room settings with sofas & loveseats around a coffee table and fresh cut Christmas tree. The children get to spend an evening with their mom/dad who are currently incarcerated. Usually there’s an amazing meal from Las Vegas chefs, hot cocoa bar and tons of gifts!
The statistics suggest children with incarcerated parents have a high probability of repeating the same patterns if the community doesn’t intervene. This year, 50 Christmas looked a little different because of COVID restrictions, so the Hope for Prisoners team personally delivered the gifts, decorated trees and Christmas dinner to each child’s home.
SOS Radio listeners donated TONS of bikes and gifts for the children & foster parents. Each family gathered around a screen for 50 Christmases online and shared Christmas messages with their parents in prison.
Scott Herrold from SOS Radio and Jon Ponder, Founder of Hope for Prisoners, hosted the evening. Matthew West shared stories & songs with the families and Nevada’s Governor, Steve Sisolak joined as well. Chalmer Harper from SOS Radio read the Christmas story from the Bible to the children before they opened their gifts from mom & dad. It was a powerful evening!