PUTNAMVILLE -- The Gospel Echoes team recently distributed gift bags and sang Christmas carols to staff and offenders at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.
Sixty volunteers arrived at the prison and passed out 3,100 gift bags filled with home baked cookies, an address book and religious tracts to incarcerated individuals and employees.
Once the gift bags were distributed, the volunteers sang Christmas carols and visited with offenders.
"Offenders and staff look forward to cookies and carols each year," Putnamville Assistant Superintendent of Re-entry Beckie Bennett said. "We are so appreciative of their service."
Gospel Echoes volunteers told staff that they bake more than 200,000 cookies each year and deliver them to offenders throughout Indiana prisons and other states.
Gospel Echoes, founded in 1976, shares the gospel by sending teams to prisons and providing spiritual material for offenders.