Childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring, learning and discovery.
Children with an incarcerated parent may experience stress, anxiety, and fear. Their lives have been disrupted; many feel as if they do not live “normal” lives. For some children this will be the first holiday season without their parent; for some it will be one in a long series of lonely holidays.
Friends Outside knows we cannot fix all issues related to having an incarcerated parent but at the very least, we can brighten the holidays for a few lonely children.
In 2010, our sponsors brightened the holiday season for over 100 children. The Holiday Wish Program offers organizations and individuals an opportunity to bring some “normalcy” to a child’s life during the holidays. We nurture, support, bring joy, and give hope to children of incarcerated parents by providing gifts and the knowledge that someone cares.
If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring a family and brightening the holidays with food and gifts, please contact Maria T. Rocero at 209-955-0701 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or complete the Sponsor Form and return via mail, email, or fax.