WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – For families of those serving time behind bars, Christmas can be especially tough. So jail officials in Woodford County are doing their part to try to ease that pain.
This marks the fourth year that members of the community have donated gifts to the Woodford County Detention Center so that inmates are able to give something special to their kids.
The inmates are allowed to pick out a gift, wrap it, and hand it to their children during a visit. While Christmas spent behind a glass can be heart-breaking, they say this program offers a much needed sense of normalcy.
For the families of inmates, the Christmas season can be a painful time. So jail officials in Woodford County are doing their part to try to ease that pain and ensure kids still get a gift from Mom or Dad. Find out more tonight @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/O9QL3fkMsc
— Mike Valente (@ValenteLEX18) December 23, 2018
“A lot of us that are fathers actually still get a chance to kind of be with our families at Christmas. Nobody else is getting this opportunity. It’s a great day for me when I get to see my kid walk through that door,” said Inmate Zackary Jones who’s been incarcerated for 14 months.
There are still extra donations left over at the jail. Officials say they plan to give them to kids being raised by grandparents, or whose parents died from an overdose.