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Detention Ministry - Christmas Goodie Bags

Dear Jail Volunteers and Church Affiliations,

Every year we have several dedicated people who help with “Goodie” Bags for those who are incarcerated in the Tulare County Jails. The Holiday Season is an especially hard time for those who are in jail; so this simple act of kindness, could be the act that changes the way inmates look at the world.  Each inmate receives a bottle of shampoo, a bag of cookies, and something on the Christmas story.  Our dedicated volunteers deliver the items on Christmas Day.

We need help on several different levels and encourage you to get involved.

Homemade cookies – We need about 10,000.  Cookies need to be delivered to Grace Community Church from December 16th to the 20th and be zip-lock sealed for freshness (please let the cookies cool before putting them in zip-lock bags or they will stick together.)

Bring Cookies:


Dec. 16th

NORTH Campus

424 No. Lovers Ln.

between 8:00 am – 12:00 noon


Dec. 17th - 20th

SOUTH Grace Community Campus

2525 S. Lovers Ln. (entrance from Cherry St)

between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed Friday)

Help bag the cookies – on Friday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m. at Grace Community Church NORTH campus, 424 N. Lover’s Lane, Visalia (need lots of people.)

Distribute Goodie Bags – Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25 (time slots available at 9:00am & 1:00pm). Please contact Chaplain May by December 7.

NEW Volunteers – We will need a copy of your driver’s license mailed, e-mailed, or dropped off by December 7.  If you have lived in Tulare County less than 5 years, then we also need your previous county and state of residence.  (Please do not wear solid red clothing, nor opened toed shoes if you plan to come Christmas day.)

Contact Chaplain David May for questions or to offer help: Office: 735-1674, Cell: 679-1484;


Thank you very much for your support in this endeavor.  We encourage you to enlist the aid of your entire church community.


David May, John Sayers, & Mandy Nevarez

Chaplains, Tulare County JailsGood News Jail & Prison Ministry

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