Written by Cheryl Gonzales|November 04, 2016|News
NAWJ’s New York Chapter Women in Prison (WIP) Committee has begun its Toy, Toiletry and Book Drive for its annual “Beyond the Bars” project. The Holiday Program includes workshops and an afternoon of musical entertainment. In addition, donated gifts are delivered for a holiday party for the incarcerated women’s children and grandchildren. Gift bags, provided for the women, include toiletries such as lotion, shampoo, conditioner, emery boards, clear nail polish, Vaseline, deodorant (solid only, alcohol free), toothpaste, toothbrush, combs, wash cloths, as well as white socks, note cards, day planners, and candy canes. Committee members regularly donate toiletries, clothing, accessories, bags and luggage for incarcerated women at correctional facilities throughout the state. Beyond the Bars WIP Committee members facilitating the 2016 project includes: Judges Laura Jacobson, Sylvia Hinds-Radix, Wavny Toussiant, Yvonne Lewis, Joanne Quinones, Robin Sheares, Cenceria Edwards, Ruth Shillingford, Verna Saunders, Barbara Panepinto, Doris Gonzalez, Laura Douglas, Lisa A. Sokoloff, and Judge Cheryl J. Gonzales, New York State Women in Prison Chair and District 2 Director 2016.