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Christmas program connecting incarcerated moms with their children needs donations

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For the past 14 years, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu's Prison Ministry has been sharing the gift of giving with children whose moms are incarcerated during the Christmas holiday. On December 13, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu's Prison Ministry will host a special Christmas gathering in the Women's Community Correctional Center (WCCC), connecting incarcerated moms with their children and caregivers for a day of togetherness, reconciliation, entertainment, games, food, and visits and gifts from Santa. The program, called Star Light, Star Bright, receives no funding and relies on the generosity of community donations.

According to the Roman Catholic Diocese's Prison Ministry Administrative Assistant and Star Light, Star Bright coordinator Paulette Vernay, the program was started with the thought that no child whose mother is incarcerated should feel forgotten or alone during the holidays. 

Over the years, Star Light, Star Bright has grown, from a home delivery of gifts to the children and later a Christmas party for children and their caregivers at St. Stephen's Diocesan Center, to a celebratory family gathering in the Women's Community Correctional Center.

In 2012, the Catholic Diocese's Prison Ministry started transporting neighbor island children and their caregivers to Oahu for the party. While on Oahu, housing and meals will be at St. Stephen Diocesan Center, expenses paid for by donations to the program.

Since the program was started in 2000, the Roman Catholic Diocese's Prison Ministry has touched the lives of more than 2,800 children.

Monetary donations are being accepted by the Roman Catholic Diocese's Prison Ministry through December 13. The program is also seeking gift sponsors for the children. To make a donation or for more information, go to www.catholichawaii.org and click on “Prison Ministry.”

Interested donors can also email pvernay@rcchawaii.org or call 808-203-6722.

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