Friends and supporters, the good news is twofold; we obtained 501c3 tax exempt status as a non-profit organization and we managed to stay open and send thousands of books to our readers inside these past two years. We are immensely thankful to you for your donations of books and money that kept us going with a small group of core volunteers. Thank you so much for supporting Missouri Prison Books this year and last.
The bad news is that people in prisons are among those most at risk of contracting COVID-19. Facilities with close and overcrowded quarters and poor sanitation conditions spell disaster during a pandemic.
In addition to suffering high infection rates, readers inside are also faced with reduced essential services. Libraries that were often under–resourced to begin with are now closed, visiting hours are cut to a bare minimum, and programs helping the incarcerated to stay connected with and support their loved ones continue to be largely suspended.
Requests for our services in the meantime increased by more than fifty per cent in 2021.
While we sent just over 600 packages equaling more than 1800 books in 2020, we are presently at 860 packages sent with about two months left in the year. By the end of 2021 we will have sent close to 3000 books to our readers.
We always appreciate your support.
Christiane, Deb, Emma, James, and José