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HUGS Program Material + Grade 5

Your 5th Grade class's mission is to use their hands to write letters of encouragement to those in prison. We hope this inspires the students to reach out to those around them. Taking part in this HUGS mission is easy! Talk to your students about their mission, hang the poster provided in your classroom, and make cards to be mailed. Please note: It is very important to strictly adhere to the Prison Letter Guideline (PDF)! As stated in the Guideline, all letters should be mailed to the Director of OCPM (Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry) who will distribute them to our Orthodox brothers and sisters in Christ who are in prison. We have also provided a project suggestion and a parent handout to tell the parents of your students about the mission, as their help will most likely be needed.


Prison Ministry (Notes)
To: HUGS Ministry
From: The Executive Director Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, Patrick Tutella, Chaplain

Thank you so much for desiring to promote the ministries mentioned in Matthew 25. As you know, Jesus said, "I was in prison and you visited me." (Matthew 25:36) Therefore, we know that prison ministry is close to the heart of Jesus. It is not uncommon for men and women in prison to feel cut off from the rest of the world. Someone in prison compared receiving a card to a visit in an envelope. Your project could certainly bring joy into some lives and plant seeds of hope. We certainly do want to assist you in your mission project.
In order for the cards to pass through prison security, the following measures must be taken:

  1. The envelope must be plain and not have any stickers, pictures, etc.
  2. The card should be made of plain paper; no cardboard, metal, plastic, etc.
  3. Do not use stickers, glitter, tape, putty or clay on the cards. It is best to stick with pencils, pens, crayons, markers, and watercolors.
  4. The cards must remain anonymous. If someone wants to sign the card they should use only their baptismal name if it is different from their common first name. If their baptismal name is the same as their first name, they should then use the name of a favorite saint. Under no circumstances should anyone use their last name.

We will be glad to address the cards to the people in prison, so the envelope can remain blank.

Thank you again for helping us to minister to those in prison.

Patrick Tutella, Chaplain
PO Box 468
Fleetwood, PA 19522-0468