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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Panhandle Program Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN)Packed Full of Love” was presented with the “Most Innovative Program” award during the Governor’s 2020-2021 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Patrick O’Daniel and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during an online ceremony. Accepting the award were Janet and Mark Stripling of Ransom Canyon, Texas.

“Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said O’Daniel.

“The efforts of these award recipients are unparalleled,” said Collier. “Every day they leave a profound and lasting impression on the lives of so many across the State of Texas.”

“Packed Full of Love” is a campaign to provide donated backpacks filled with school supplies to children of staff at the John T. Montford Unit in Lubbock. The Striplings also help provide emotional and spiritual support to the unit’s staff. In their personal ministerial careers, the Striplings have served in various pastoral positions throughout the region while serving as directors for men’s and women’s ministries in their denomination. Many Montford Unit staff members have turned to the Striplings in their time of need which has been a source of great comfort.

“Packed Full of Love” is one of 6 organizations and 16 individuals from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims. 

In FY2019, there were 22,506 volunteers who served a total of 394,214 hours.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at (936) 437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov.