Family Writes Political Prisoners at Christmas


Every Christmas, the Vandenberg family of Norval, Ontario, sends cards of support to political prisoners around the world. They also write letters to government officials petitioning for the prisoners’ release or fair treatment.

The effort is part of Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights” campaign, which takes place each December.

“The worst feeling a prisoner can have is that nobody in the world even knows they exist. Getting even a single card can be an incredible source of hope,” said Sophie Vandenberg, whose family belongs to Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Caledon, Ontario.

Vandenberg, who is a Banner correspondent, noted that prisoners often report better treatment once they start to receive mail.