Telephone calls are being collected now for an annual radio broadcast reaching thousands of prison inmates.
Calls From Home allows family and friends to communicate with their loved ones who are locked up in U.S. prisons, often many hours away.
People record short messages, poems and shout-outs that are compiled and played on radio stations that reach prisoners in many parts of the United States.
On Dec. 13, Calls From Home will be available for download at www.thousandkites.org. During the holidays, about 200 radio stations around the nation will play the three-hour program at some point.
In Kentucky, the show will be broadcast from 7 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 22 on WMMT (88.7 FM).
To leave a message for the show, call toll-free 1-877-518-0606 between now and Tuesday. If you call from 4 to 11 p.m. EST on Tuesday, call toll-free 1-888-396-1208.
The radio program is a project of Thousand Kites/WMMT-FM/Appalshop and a national network of grassroots organizations working for criminal justice reform.
For more information, go to www.thousandkites.org.