I am touched; prisoners called to wish me Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Malaysia
December 21, 2011 9:48am CST
I received a pleasant surprise this morning. Two prisoners telephoned me to wish me a Merry Christmas. I didn't expect them to call me after a few months of quitting from the volunteer work. I have never met them in person. I only arranged the monthly letter requesting permission from the prison director for a priest to make a monthly visit to the prisoners' cells. I felt bad because I have forgotten about them. It seemed to me that they want to continue with the communication we had before, priest visit and snail mail correspondence. So, one of my Christmas agendas this year will be to make time to write and prepare gifts for these prisoners. What about you, mylotters, have you forgotten anyone, someone who (might be) thinking about you this Christmas but have 'problem' meeting you in person?
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7 responses
@webearn99 (1744)
• India
21 Dec 11
Didn't someone say God's work is rewarding? You are experiencing it. Revel in the blessed moment. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from me too.
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• Malaysia
22 Dec 11
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too webearn. The prisoners might think little of their effort of calling me up but they actually have made me feel blessed and I pray that God bless and protect them too.
• Philippines
21 Dec 11
How nice of them to remember you! They recall your good deeds. I hope you continue what you have started with them. As for your question, I have not forgotten some people but I do have problems meeting them because they love very far away. I'm glad there's the Internet to aid me. I can at least chat with them though what I really want is to see them in person.
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• Malaysia
22 Dec 11
I feel elated and thankful that these prisoners acknowledged my work. Yes, I will continue to communicate with them. It's the least that I can do to help this world turn into a better place to live in. It would be good if I chat with them once in a while but you know how it is being prisoners. They only have the luxury to communicate with the outside world once, or maybe twice a year, (I think) depending on the class of crime they've committed.
• Jacksonville, Florida
21 Dec 11
That is so nice! I love nice surprises like that. I write to a prisoner too and you reminded me that I do need to send a Christmas card to him. It might be late but better late than never I guess. =)
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• Malaysia
22 Dec 11
It is never too late to send cards or gifts to the prisoners. Just your thought about them means the world to them. It lifts up their spirits and give them more reasons to continue living and fighting to change for the better. Let's do what we can to make more happy faces for this Christmas.
• China
28 Dec 11
Firstly , please let me express my best respect for your kindness behavior (Act an volunteer to provide the service to the prisoners ). It is very hopeful to them to rebuilding their life after they out prison cell !! You also their light of hope !!! So please go ahead and we will back you !!! Also like to take this opportunity to say merry christams and happy new year to you here :)
• Malaysia
28 Dec 11
Thank you alansailing. I will support the prisoners for as long as I am able to, hopefully they'll successfully rebuild their life when they are released. Here's wishing you A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012.
• China
28 Dec 11
:) nice to get your feedback , I also hope can do sth for help when you needed !!! B.RGDS to you !!!
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
Another example that good deeds beget good deeds. I guess your treatment of these prisoners are really good because they remembered you this season. It speaks to your character and their character as well. For the prisoners, what you did probably meant a lot and even if you did forget, thy didn't. I am happy that you are expanding your efforts this season.
• Malaysia
22 Dec 11
This pleasant surprise has taught me a lesson too, that prisoners are human being who are in need of constant/ regular communication. They just want help in these little ways; to be listened to, to be remembered, to be acknowledged as still living, ways that we, who are enjoying freedom, and taking freedom for granted, have not taken time to reflect. I am happy that they've taught me a lesson and I will do my best to support them in any ways that I can. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
• United States
22 Dec 11
Both of my brothers are in prison. I sent them $20 each and the are very happy about that. I am so glad to know you have enough heart for the inmates locked up. Some have no family or friends to help them at all.
• Malaysia
22 Dec 11
Hi giftsnbags. It's good that you keep in touch with your brothers. You have done a good job of lifting their spirits and making them really happy. I am happy to hear of family helping family members in need of support. May God bless and reward you!
@tiina05 (2319)
• Philippines
21 Dec 11
hello, wow! that is really touching from them. You almost forgot them but they never forgot you. This people know how to appreciate people who help them. So, you better get them some surprises also. i dont forgot anyone because I just connect to them using my Facebook account and it really help because i can easily communicate to them.
• Malaysia
22 Dec 11
Yes, I am indeed touched. I am going to give a nice surprise for them this year. The only communication allowed to prisoners is through snail mail correspondence. This will be checked by the prison officers.