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Please do an act of kindness

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Swap Coordinator:LadyCyr (contact)
Swap categories: Handmade  Newbie  Postcards 
Number of people in swap:4
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:April 20, 2019
Date items must be sent by:April 27, 2019
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

Here is the act of kindness: my friend Joey is incarcerated at the moment. His birthday is May the 4th and he will be locked up for it. To me that would be the worst place to have a birthday. So I thought it would be nice if we all gave a little joy to him and send him birthday cards. Cards can be hand made (see restrictions) or store bought. They could also be a letter or a post card. Again hand made or store bought.

Rules for hand made:

Use 1ply stiff paper. Use black pen but no large black areas. No markers paints of any kind or crayons. No layers or glue. No stickers. Colored pencils are questionable they are allowed but can be mistaken for crayons which are not allowed. No mixed media or textures.

If you send store bought pick bright colors or happy places or up beat positive cards.

Do not send any extras. Keep it pg. Anything that is not pg may be returned as not admissible content.

To your swap not partner send a post card. Hand made or store bought OK. Senders choice.

Joey will not have the stamps to send thank yous out to all of you who play in this swap but we do talk often so he will tell me when he gets your submission and I will let you know that he got it so that your partner can rate. Please wait to rate till you get both the confirmation from me that Joey got his and until you get what your partner sends you to rate.

I will also make a special thank you card for Joey's favorite. So please do a good job as he will be picking the winner of that thank you note.

His card will be sent to: Joseph Rex Burns 228935 Central Utah Correctional Facilities P.O. Box 550 Gunnison, UT 84634 U.S.A. Housing Facilities - Hickory 512 Top

It would be nice for him to get cards, notes, postcards, from around the world. I tell him about my international swaps and he thinks its so cool to get mail from around the world. So this will be international. And also newbie friendly.

His birthday falls on starwars day so if you can find a way to tie that in I know he would think thats cool.

Its totally optional but if you want to send him little notes on a regular basis that would be very cool. And if any of you are feeling extra generous and want to give him some birthday comersary money you can do so. Just send me a private message if you want to do this and I will get you the online info for doing that.

Thank you all in advance for this act of kindness it truelly means way more than you could ever know!

Just a reminder for this you are sending something to both Joey and your swap partner. Brightest blessings and have fun!

Discussion

LadyCyr 04/14/2019 #

His address bunches up and should look more like this:

Joseph Rex Burns 228935 Central Utah Correctional Facilities P.O. Box 550 Gunnerson, UT 84634 U.S.A. Housing Facilities - Hickory 512 Top

LadyCyr 04/14/2019 #

Grrs at phone it still keeps bunching it up....

Name is on 1 st line, # on 3nd line, po box on line 3 city state zip country on line 4 housing on line 5

There thats better

LadyCyr 04/14/2019 #

Correction... Fat fingers # on line 2 not line 3

Mistyinltown 04/14/2019 #

Joseph Rex Burns
228935
Central Utah Correctional Facilities P.O. Box 550
Gunnison, UT 84634
U.S.A. Housing Facilities - Hickory 512 Top

LadyCyr 04/14/2019 #

Mistyinltown- thats much closer than I got... The po box part comes down in between the line its on and tge gunnison ut line. Thank tou for trying to Hall me get it right :) you are so sweet

Mistyinltown 04/14/2019 #

Let's try again! LOL


Joseph Rex Burns
228935
Central Utah Correctional Facilities
P.O. Box 550
Gunnison, UT 84634 U.S.A.
Housing Facilities - Hickory 512 Top


(Also, to get a new line/paragraph double space at the end where you want it to return/enter for a new line)👍🙂

moonlightlaura 04/15/2019 #

@LadyCyr I can't join the swap, but I can send him a birthday card! I can send it out this week before I start radiation treatments. My name is Laura, so if he mentions he got a card from me, that's why. Just thought I would let you know :)

riftvegan 04/15/2019 #

Anyone who signs up for this swap, should glance at a few websites about sending to prisoners... as well as reading the swap description very carefully! There are a lot of rules to follow!

Joey's full name and booking number should also be included on the card or letter you send, not just the envelope.

Also keep in mind that the envelope will probably be thrown away before it gets to Joey.

And... DO NOT use your home address!! If you have a PO Box, that's best. Otherwise, just don't put a return address on anything... but be sure to remember to write your swap-bot name on the card, to make sure you get credit for the swap!! :)

Happy Mail, rift

Bhindblueeyes 04/16/2019 #

I do not think this is an appropriate swap, and I've spoken out against many similar before this one. If anything, it should be a RAK, and people should be informed and smart about this...

It's important to understand that most jail and prison systems track, in their RMS, anyone who sends mail, and you may very well be listed as 'associated with inmate.' This may not seem like an issue to most, but it depends on HIS charges as well as your field. If you ever need a deep and detailed background check, and you're associated with an inmate, that could just look bad, as well intentioned as you are. Again, depends on your field. For me, it's a big deal, especially not knowing his charges ... anyone who sends him mail, are we now associated with someone who's a drug trafficker or someone who didn't show up to court for an unpaid moving violation?

I think it's also important to ask what he's been charged with. If someone is in jail or prison for theft, that's less severe than rape, aggravated assault, trafficking - know who you're associated with, people!

Be smart about this!! I myself will NOT be writing to JCraze, and I would encourage most to stay away from this or at least do some research and make an informed decision - most info. can be found right online as it is public record. Be diligent.

Bhindblueeyes 04/16/2019 #

P.S. Plenty of good people go to jail, plenty of bad people go to jail and turn it all around... but that doesn't mean we should blindly get involved, esp. when we are giving out personal info. Remember @GrumpyBear ?? Identity theft, etc.

EleniWalker 04/16/2019 #

I couldn't find his charges so I chose to stay away from this RAK. Sorry it has to be that way. My husband looked him up and he also said this is a max security prison. Anyone can correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not trying to start anything. Good luck.

HippieChick 04/16/2019 #

This person is housed in the maximum security section of a maximum security prison.

I agree with @Bhindblueeyes on this, 100%. You really should give ALL the information when requesting something like this of the community. I fully support helping people out when they are down, but tell us what he is in for BEFORE people get connected to a potential serious criminal.

bblue 04/16/2019 #

Hi @LadyCyr , if we send a postcard without our return address, as one would usually send a postcard, will it get to him? Just wondering because of all the rules.

starhiker 04/16/2019 #

@bblue mail without return addys or incorrectly addressed usually gets returned or destroyed. I've never written a stranger in jail or prison but I have wrote people I've known who were locked up. If it isn't addressed right they wont get it.

LadyCyr 04/16/2019 #

OK there are lots of conserns here so let me clear things up.

Joey does get the envelope. He is in max security for safety not because he is a danger. He used to be in a gang he can not be in general population because fans will kill him for not bring in one any more. He is there this time for getting in a fight w a girl. And this is because of a life of drugs. His parrents are both drug adicts. He spent most of his life homeless in fostercare in juvie in jail and in prison. He is a good person or I would never ask this swap. He just graduated highschool and his diploma will be mailed to me soon. He in in anger management. Has gotten clean of drugs and is getting councling. He is getting out in aug. He has an exceptional behavior marred from all his guards and they don't think he should be there. He is very serious about changing his life. He has severed every tie of his past and has a drug free support group on the outside to help him succeed in not going back I am a part of that. He has been abused in every way imaginable from birth by every man ever in his life. His past fought him only defend yourself so he did. Hes never had love or respect or kindness or incouragement. He has grown a lot over the years I've known him and is very very serious about living a good productive life and being a valued contributor to society

Yes you can leave off return address it will still get to him. Any ither questions I would be happy to answer to give you all pease of mind.

LadyCyr 04/16/2019 #

I've known him for 5 years both in and out if jail. I used to date his brother. His brotger was able to get out of tge lifestyle avoyr 4 years ago. Now joey wants to do the same. And I know he can since I've seen vast improvement in the past 2 years. He just needs people to believe in him

LadyCyr 04/16/2019 #

I hope this helps:)

Bhindblueeyes 04/16/2019 #

Thank you @LadyCyr for clarifying so that swappers can make an informed decision, it is very much appreciated.

LadyCyr 04/16/2019 #

Of course

LadyCyr 04/17/2019 #

Joey said to tell you that I was a bit off on why he is there right now. His correction is that he is there due to a pobation violation for defending gimself from his x wife who tried yo kill him and not checking in. He would also like you all to know that he turned himself in because he wanted to make it right amnd get his life straigbtened out hope this helps

bblue 04/19/2019 #

Sent a card, hope it gets there OK!

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