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In California, there are close to 300,000 children with a parent in prison. Many of them go years without being able to visit them.

This week in Gina's People, we introduce you to a wonderful program helping kids reunite with their mom or dad behind bars. It's called 'Get On The Bus'. It was created 15 years ago by two catholic nuns. The idea was simple--reunite children with their parents who are in prison. Back then, there were only 17 kids on the bus, last year 'Get on the Bus' took 2,000 children to 11 California prisons. Organizer Karen Vandelaat says, "No matter what a parent has done, they're still the most important person to their children and these children want and need to see them. Children that see their parents have a better chance of staying in school and get better grades. Parents that see their children while they're in prison have a better chance of staying out once they're out of prison."

Michelle Garcia who was incarcerated for 5 years is now a volunteering her time to coordinate trips to prison. She says, "What it does for the inmate is unbelievable. It   takes the hardest  heart and it softens it. You see the hardest criminal become really soft and happy." Get On The Bus works mostly on donations. If you would like to help out, here is the link to the website: http://www.getonthebus.us

If you know of great programs and people making a difference in the community, email Gina Silva. Every Monday, we recognize our wonderful FOX 11 viewers.


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