Socks donated to prisoners
From left, front row, Mt. Era Baptist Church member Deealan Lowry, Mission President Vera Jones and Correspondent Secretary Carolyn Gash hold about 150 pairs of socks donated to the Morgan City Jail. At right is Morgan City Police Assistant Chief Mike Banks and in the back row is Morgan City Police Sgt. Mark Griffin Sr. (The Daily Review Photo by Zachary Fitzgerald)
Inmates at the Morgan City Jail will receive some of the roughly 150 pairs of socks Mt. Era Baptist Church donated to help keep inmates warm who cannot afford to buy socks.
The church helps families in need throughout the year, Mt. Era Baptist Church Mission President Vera Jones said.
Deealan Lowry, member of Mt. Era Baptist Church, suggested the church collect socks for Morgan City inmates as its Christmas project, Jones said.
Part of the reason the church chose to donate socks was “because God will protect us from the top of our heads to soles of our feet,” Lowry said.
God guides people’s footsteps, and church members wanted to make inmates’ footsteps a little more comfortable during the Christmas season, Lowry said. “We also realize it’s cold, and when your feet are warm, you tend to have a better attitude. You feel good about yourself,” Lowry said.
Church members and another community member donated 148 pairs of socks to the Morgan City Police Department for prisoners in need.
Donating socks also relates to the Christmas tradition of people placing stockings in front of their fireplaces, Lowry said. “In keeping with the holiday season, we thought socks would be an appropriate gift to give,” he said.
Each year the church gives to a different organization, Jones said.
Morgan City Police Assistant Chief Mike Banks said the socks will be held by the jail supervisor. The police department allows inmates three sets of underclothes, which includes three pairs of socks, Banks said.
The socks donated will be given to prisoners who do not have any socks, Banks said.
Though family members of inmates come every day to bring clothes and other items, some inmates do not have any family to visit them, Banks said. “These people have a definite need,” he said. “I just think it’s a wonderful thing that the church is doing. Nobody ever does anything for the guys that are incarcerated. Everybody is somebody’s child,” Banks said.