We are currently operating in two separate facilities across the the street from each other. Our 1,000 square foot distribution center can best be described as cramped. It contains the normal office furniture, four computer stations and three work tables for stamping or packing books. There are also rows of book shelves with enough books to pack about 50 boxes before we have to run across the street to the warehouse to restock.
Publishers send inmate mail that they receive to us which we use to build our database and whenever possible, we take care of individual requests. Mailing to chaplains is the most efficient way of getting books into facilities and into the hands of the most prisoners. We can only mail 12 packages (1 book per package) to individuals for the same cost of one box with 65 books to a chaplain. In addition, our tests indicate that a book placed in a sharing environment, such as a chapel library, will be read by at least 30 people while a book sent to individuals will usually be read by five or less.
Letters are important and encouraging to us. When we receive especially heartwarming letters, we try to send copies back to our book providers. Prison Book Project is a team consisting of publishers, chaplains, inmates and volunteers who labor unselfishly in our distribution center. Seeing the gratitude of prisoners who have been blessed motivates us all the more in our efforts. Thank you letters reflect the love of touched lives and we often receive testimonies of how these books have led people to Jesus. It seems worth while if even one person has been helped to truly know Him.
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