The Mississippi Association of Professionals in Corrections Region II recently donated funds to Nailor Elementary School.
According to Tony Harris, Region II chairperson, he was informed by one of the parents of the children attending Nailor about the school not being able to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children.
"It was at such a short notice but I decided to help as much as I could. I consulted with some other individuals within the region and we came out of our pockets to help," said Harris.
He met with some of his comrades to bring Christmas joy to some deserving children and according to Harris, being able to make a child happy for Christmas holds huge sentimental value.
Harris said that he was particularly inspired to help because he had noticed the conditions of the playground and because of his childhood.
"It’s a bad feeling when a child's parent tries as much as possible to ensure that their child has the necessities but they can not give their child anything for Christmas," said Harris as he seemed to take a stroll down memory lane.
"I came from a pretty big family and I feel that it is highly important to make sure that children have something for Christmas. Even the smallest gift can put a big smile a child's face," he added.
Harris said that MAPC donated $160 but members wished that they could have done more.
"In the upcoming year, we plan to make more donations to Nailor and possibly do a few fundraisers. It feels really good for our organization to have come together for the betterment of children," Harris added.
This was the first time that MAPC has made a contribution to Nailor but it is definitely not the last.
Co Chairperson and Warden Ora Starks said that it was an honor and pleasure to make a donation to the school.
"There are so many families that are not able to provide for their children during this holiday season. It is such a wonderful thing to be able to spread the joy."
It's nothing like seeing a smile on kid's face during the holiday season. We also have to keep in mind that the children of today are our future," said Starks.
According to Harris, law officials often frighten children but he wants to help change that perception.
"As law officials, we try to keep kids on the right track by trying to keep them from committing crimes. We hard to ensure that children know the role of law officials is not just to put people in jail but to help them as well," he said.
The Mississippi Association of Professionals in Corrections is an organization whose membership represents many facets of the Criminal Justice System in Mississippi.
Members include professional workers in youth and adult services, prisons, community work centers, probation and parole officers, legislators and others in the related professions.
The purpose of MAPC is to provide an organization for public and private associations and agencies in the criminal justice field and individuals engaged in or retired from criminal justice work and closely related fields including juvenile justice.
MAPC also strives to promote the improvement of laws governing criminal justice and the correction process of offenders.