UPDATE: (1/15/21) We are so excited to announce the results of our first annual Holiday Card Drive! With your help, we were able to send in a grand total of 680 holiday cards to incarcerated people in New Jersey prisons!

With each card, we also enclosed a letter explaining how to request free books from our program. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated cards and stamps. You really showed up for our friends on the inside, and we appreciate you! We'll do this again next year!


We just launched our first annual Holiday Card Drive for December 2020, and we'd love to enlist your help! This season can be an especially rough time for our friends in prison. Sending in cards is a way for us to share joy, connection, and community. It also tells prison staff that we are watching from the outside and looking out for them. With each card, we will enclose information on how they can request free books from our program. 


  • Get some cards!

  • Write something warm and uplifting. For example: Dear friend, Holding you in our hearts this holiday season & sending love from [Your Town, Your State]. With care and in solidarity.

  • Please be sure to sign as "[Your First Name] with Books Behind Bars."

  • Don't add extra glitter, glue, stickers, or tape.

  • Don't seal the envelopes. 

  • Don't write anything on the outside of the envelopes. We'll take care of the addressing.

  • Stamps are appreciated, but not required. We can take care of postage if needed. 

  • Mail your cards to us at: Books Behind Bars PO BOX 2611 Wildwood, NJ 08260. We'd like to receive them all by December 10th.                                                                                       

  • Share on social media! We'd love to see pics of you filling out cards. Tag us! 


Email us at with any questions.

Thank you so much for participating in our first Holiday Card Drive!