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Blogger finds there really are people who care

• Dec 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Doug Tjapkes says some of the “nicest, kindest, most generous people I know are behind bars.”

The Spring Lake man who heads up Humanity for Prisoners notes in a recent blog post how one of the Advent services this month at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven filled him with love for the season. 

“And so the Advent service by the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys was more refreshing and healing than ever,” Tjapkes wrote. “It was, in part, an escape from the madness of the world.”

Tjapkes said he was allowed to make a short presentation about his organization during the service.

“I told the story of how HFP helped a prisoner, suffering from sleep apnea, to finally get his CPAP breathing device — something the prison system had denied him for the past three years,” he said. “It took our team nine months, but we succeeded! Tony will sleep better, and even behind bars, his Christmas will be merrier.”

After hearing Tjapkes’ story, and hearing about HFP’s compassion for those behind bars, some people sought him after the service.

“The first man: I’m the owner of a structural steel manufacturing company, and I’m doing my part. I have employed six ex-felons!

“The second: I don’t care how serious the crime, we have no right to treat any prisoner in an inhumane manner!”

Read the complete post: “Yes, Virginia, there are people who care!”

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