Christmas cards sought for inmates

Allendale Correctional Institution (ACI) volunteers invite Barnwell County residents to provide handmade holiday cards for ACI inmates.

ACI became S.C. Department of Correction's first Character Based Institution in 2015, offering hundreds of rehabilitation and education programs to inmates in an effort to better prepare returning citizens for successful re-entry to the community.

“These cards provide the incarcerated men with a message of caring and hope. With your help we can do this again. Remember — your card may be the only holiday card an inmate receives this year,” said Barnwell native Lindsey Richardson, who has written and delivered Christmas cards for a couple years to ACI, but wanted to open it up to the community this year.

Richardson said this is a great project for families, youth and senior groups. “Be creative, play and have fun! Create one card or a bunch,” she said.

However, participants must abide by the Department of Correction rules for anything distributed to the incarcerated men. Participants are asked to be creative by using paper or card stock (no larger than 8.5 x 5.5), crayons, markers, paint, colored pencils, or pens. Then include a short and hopeful message, if you wish. When signing the card, please only use your first name. Avoid the following: Metal or sharp objects (sequins, pins, etc.), natural fibers (grasses, flowers, etc.), any type of tape or stickers, and sealed envelopes.

Cards may be dropped off at The Pick of the Litter Shoppe, 28 McDonough Street, Barnwell, through Dec. 15. Cards may be mailed before Dec. 12 to: ACI Holiday Cards, 375 Fairway Lane, Barnwell, SC 29812.

Contact Lindsey Richardson at (803) 370-8406 or Linzrichardson@gmail.com.