June 21, 2012
We held a WINGS Prison Party at the Youth Detention Facility.One young man said he didn't want to attend because his parents couldn't come. One of the Facility staff members told him he should come and "she would be his mom for a day." The young man did come to the party, and later on, he told us it was the most fun he had ever had in his life. He was released from the Facility two months later, and shortly thereafter, he was killed in a drive-by shooting. When I heard about his death, I was very thankful that we were able to provide him with a wholesome, really enjoyable memory before he died. At another party, a teenaged girl came with her mom to a Prison Party at an adult detention facility. She didn't want to have anything to do with her dad, who was an inmate, and she seemed very embarrassed by him. But as the party progressed, I saw her start talking to her dad, and later, I saw her sitting next to him with her head on his shoulder. I was so glad we had a part in helping to reunite that father and daughter. I could tell dozens of such stories about how WINGS has helped to encourage prison inmates and their families and how it has helped to strengthen family ties.
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