For the third year in a row Caritas Westminster is working with PACT to provide Christmas presents for children whose parents are in prison.
PACT provides a list of names and ages of children which are then distributed among all of the parishes and groups taking part, allowing each participant in the scheme to buy a more personalised gift for ‘their’ child. The presents are then collected by PACT and taken to prisons to be wrapped and distributed at family days.
This year the project has already exceeded last year’s total, with around 1,300 presents being donated, the majority coming from parishes in the diocese. The aim of this project is to ensure that children with parents in prison are not left out of the celebration and are able to share some Christmas giving with their family despite the difficult circumstances.