Evangelism, Mission & Outreach

2017 Prison Christmas Sacks

Please bring all items and donations to the First Lutheran Information Desk no later than Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Homemade Fudge
The recipe and wrapping instructions must be followed exactly, otherwise the fudge will not be allowed in the prison! Please mark the number of pieces of fudge on the outside of your container.

1½ sticks butter or margarine
½ lb. Velveeta cheese
2 lbs. powdered sugar
½ cup unsweetened dry cocoa
1 tbsp. vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

• In a large saucepan, melt cheese, chocolate chips, and butter together. Stir together until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla and nuts.

• In a large bowl, stir together sugar and cocoa. Add melted cheese mixture. Mix well. The candy may be very stiff and mixing with gloved hands may be necessary.

• Press the candy evenly in a 9 x 13 inch pan coated lightly with nonstick spray.

• Cool and cut into 24 pieces. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap. (No plastic bags –not allowed in the prison.)

Handmade Cards
Preschoolers and Sunday school students through 3rd grade are invited to make cards. Cards from children of our community have been an integral part of the Inmate Christmas Sack program since its beginning. Most of the inmates are parents or grandparents themselves and the inclusion of a card from a child carries a meaningful message of inclusion and acceptance for the inmate recipient. Because the prison has strict policies for items coming into the prison the following guidelines will assist those directing this program in our schools, churches and families:

• CHILDREN ONLY - The program will only accept cards from children, preferably in the lower elementary grades, 3rd grade or younger. Adults may assist small children in making their cards but the cards should come from the child. (Adults or parish groups are encouraged to send personal cards to inmates from their community or inmates they know.) 

• HAND MADE - The Inmate Christmas Sack program will only accept hand created cards. Computer created cards may be a fun project for the child making the card but they are essentially without meaning for the inmate receiving them. A hand created card sends an entirely different and more positive message of thoughtfulness and sincerity.

• MESSAGE - The Inmate Christmas Sack program is a Christian sponsored effort so the messages within the cards should be a simple Christmas greeting and appropriate good wishes for the season. There should be no overtones of judgment or harshness. Proselytizing messages are not acceptable. The cards may not contain pictures or any other enclosure. The child should sign the card with a first name only. No identifying information can be included.

• SIZE — Cards need to fit into the sacks. Please make the card 5½ "x 4" (half sheets of standard size paper folded once).

• MATERIALS — The prison has strict rules about materials allowed into the prison. Cards for this program must not use stickers, glitter, tape, ribbon or glue. The cards should only contain drawings, coloring and writing. Nothing else may be attached to the card. No envelopes are allowed. NOTE: Cards not following these restrictions will be discarded.

• ADULT SUPERVISION - Children have vivid imaginations and a small child may be frightened about sending something with their name on it to the prison. Adult supervision for the card program is needed to reassure any such children and to reinforce the positive spirit of the program. A responsible adult must review each card for appropriateness before submitting it to the program. An inappropriate message, innocent or mischievous, can do a lot of harm.

Money - Donations for purchasing peanuts, hard candies, candy canes and sacks are always much appreciated.

Thank you for your interest in our Inmate Christmas Sack Program. We look forward to your participation and the inmates look forward to their cards and fudge.

Chaplains Advisory Committee SD State Penitentiary

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