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Children with parents in prison receive Christmas gifts and celebrate its true meaning

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) –- They're typical Christmas activities ... sitting on Santa's lap and getting a picture taken, decorating Christmas cookies and, of course, handing out presents. 

But for some, Christmas isn't always the merriest time of the year.

Stephanie Rawls' ex-husband was killed two weeks ago, and the father of her children is behind bars.

“We were not able to do Christmas this year,” Rawls said.

That is until Robert Jamison Ministries and U of L's Kent School of Social Work stepped up to bring Christmas to about 30 children who have a parent in prison.

“This is a blessing for us, because ... if it weren't for them, they wouldn't have any gifts this year,” Rawls said.

“The reason it's so important is because it's to show the kids are still loved, even though their parents are incarcerated,” Robert Jamison said.

As the kids opened boxes and tore off wrapping paper, their faces lit up. But at only nine-years-old, Cris Newton knows there is more to Christmas than just the toys.

“Christmas is more like celebrating God and God's birthday,” she said.

With no family in Louisville, it's just Rawls and her children.

“We're real close," she said. "It's just us, and we keep it close."

Most years, the presents are handmade.

“I made her a macaroni necklace,” Newton said.

“Which means more, because it's from the heart," Rawls said.

But the most special gift is being with the ones you love.

“It's not material things ... it's about being together,” Rawls said.

Robert Jamison Ministries plans on taking all the children who were at the Christmas party under its wing and signing them up for its youth program.

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