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October 9th, 2008
02:00 PM ET

CNN HERO: 'You really can make something happen with faith, hard work and tenacity'

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Carolyn LeCroy started the Messages Project to help children stay connected with their incarcerated parents.
Carolyn LeCroy started the Messages Project to help children stay connected with their incarcerated parents.

Carolyn Lecroy | MY STORY

When I got the called I had to set down, I couldn't say a word, tears just ran down my face, then it really hit me and I think the first words or understandable word out of my mouth, besides you're kidding, was, oh my God, just think of the number of messages we can do now. Then I think I said something about getting a new camera, that we needed so badly and would be able to get this year.

Now that it has really settled in I can only think about how many more messages we can do and how to expanded the project for this year so more children get a Christmas Message from their Mom or Dad. How many more we will be able to do over the next year.

I was also thinking how you really can make something happen with faith, hard work and tenacity . And how much I appreciate the support from everyone concerned and their belief in me and the project.

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  1. Sonja Wright

    I listened to this story on CNN this morning. I think she has fulfilled a purpose in her life, however, is she listening to the caregiver?

    I picked up my grandson from a crack house fourteen years ago with the police and my daughter would not even come to the door when the man of the house brought him out and handed him to the police. At that time the police told me that if I didn't take him he would be placed in a foster home. From that day he has lived with me. My daughter has been in several treatment centers, 90 day shock, incarcerated and released and is now in the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa. She is to see the parole board in March and I am so afraid of her getting out and leading her son down the wrong path.

    Family Directions of Iowa sponsors a Mother's Support Group at the prison and I think this is making the children enablers. They are not teaching the child to be strong.

    I am not sure how I feel about what Carolyn Lecroy is doing. I guess if it makes her feel like she is doing something for the inmate then her mission is fullfilled.

    I don't want this to be posted I just wanted to let you know how I felt.

    November 10, 2008 at 1:49 pm |

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