As we have done for the past several years, St. Louise de
Marillac has the opportunity to make the Christmas holiday better for our incarcerated brothers at the California Institute for Men in Chino (CIM). And this year we are expanding our efforts. We will also be providing cards for the young people at the McKinley Children’s Center in San Dimas.
2020 has been a particularly difficult year for the men at CIM and for the young people at the McKinley Center. Religious
services and visiting were suspended at CIM in March and have yet to resume. They have been limited at McKinley, and foster children also feel more isolated and separated at this time of year. So the simple act of providing Christmas Cards and
postage will make it possible for these men to stay connected with their families and loved ones during a difficult time of this particularly difficult year. And the Christmas Cards will allow the children at McKinley to stay connected with siblings and friends who they might otherwise have no contact with.
Because of the security requirements of these facilities, we’re asking that all of us donate new, unopened boxes of Christmas Cards and separate stamps. We ask that the donated cards for CIM and McKinley have religious themes. Donations will be
accepted from November 28th to December 13th. A Collection box for the cards will be in the Parish Center for your
convenience. The separate postage stamps should also be brought to the Parish Center and given to the office staff. Our Deacons will coordinate their delivery to CIM and McKinley.
Thank you in advance for your support of this program!