All they want for Christmas is Peace on Earth
When Project Joy honors a very special family in early December each year at Haynesville Correctional Center (HCC), an unutterably lovely radiance gradually fills the air. Peace, like a river, washes away another seemingly interminable year of homesickness.
This year’s 20th annual Project Joy celebration with its theme “All I want for Christmas is Peace on Earth” assuredly brought a song to the hearts of the visiting family, the Watsons (not their real name).
And glory also touched the souls of more than four-score HCC inmates and employees and supporters from throughout the community, as they gathered for a banquet and the presentation of gifts to the four Watson kids, ranging in age from 20 months to seven years.
Some of the HCC Veterans Outreach Group (VOG) members went into the event hoping, as Leon Wilson did, “to see some smiles and joy,” or yearning, as did Gary Wilkerson, “on my last Christmas incarcerated, to take something good home with me.” James King left with his “heart warmed. This fills the part of my heart that is empty because I can’t spend the holidays with my own family.”
It was the first HCC Project Joy experience for several veterans, like Gregory Massie and Gary Camp, who were recruited …
- For the full story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 18 issue of the Northumberland Echo, on stands now!