A little girl who has been receiving OK Messages videos since she was 4 years old explains why the program is so important to her.

The OK Messages Project helps Zay Lynn feel connected to her mom by allowing her to see her and hear her voice through the DVDs and books that she receives. It makes her feel like she is with her mom in person.

Stories & Smiles

Please Help!

We need children’s books for incarcerated parent to read to their children on video! Reading aloud together helps the kids know their parents love them and it improves their reading!

Thank you for your support!

Our Goal

Breaking the cycle of incarceration one child at a time

Boosting Literacy

Building Confidence

Bonding Families

The OK Messages Project takes trained volunteer teams into prisons to coach and film incarcerated parents reading a book to their child and sharing a positive message. We mail the book and DVD of the parent reading the story to approximately 1,000 children before Christmas and 1,000 children for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

As children get to see and hear their parents sharing positive messages like “I love you, and I’m proud of you” through OK Messages DVDs,  it helps them see themselves in a positive way, and they know that their parents are safe and love them.

The Impact

The OK Messages Project Works

“I hadn’t seen my mother for a year after she was incarcerated. I was constantly worried about her, had no drive for my goals or school, and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I’ve been very sad and depressed. Seeing Mom’s video that OK Messages sent me, and knowing she is getting better and looks a lot healthier made a big difference to me. It brought relief knowing she still loves me and my brother.”

– Oklahoma teenager

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of children had less depression and sadness

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of children showed improvement in reading

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of children had higher self-esteem

Get Involved

Ways You Can Help

With your help, we can improve the lives of children of incarcerated parents through shared reading.

Donate a Book

At OK Messages, we are always in need of new books for the children. You can purchase a book on Amazon Smiles and have a book sent directly to us.

Donate Today

Become a Volunteer

We couldn’t accomplish what we have without our volunteers. Help us continue to make a difference in children’s lives. Become a part of our incredible team.

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Help the OK Messages Project Change Lives

Contribute Today!

Keeping a child connected with their incarcerated parent or parents is a tall order, but with your help, we can continue to make it possible. Any amount helps.

$10

it only takes $10 to buy a book

$50

it only takes $50 to buy 5 books

$150

it only takes $150 to sponsor a child for one year

Volunteer Spotlight

Sunny Walker

What motivated you to volunteer with OK Messages?

It was pretty serendipitous actually! After watching the documentary 13th and reading the novel Idaho, the crisis of mass incarceration and particularly the mass incarceration of women here in Oklahoma was so very troubling to me. I wanted to do something but I didn’t know how or where to start. I ran into a dear friend and she told me about OK Messages Project – a program her parents Cheri and Holmes were leading and I knew right then and there I had to be a part of it.

 

What makes this volunteer experience a meaningful use of your time?

There truly is no more meaningful way to spend my time! Being a parent to my own children is the most important thing in my life so to be afforded the opportunity to help cultivate that relationship with others is beyond rewarding. For so many children these videos are the only time they get to see their moms, dads and grandparents. To give children the gift of seeing, with their own eyes, that their loved one is safe and healthy; to let them hear the words, I love you and I’m proud of you – those are precious moments and I am honored to be a part of them.

What is the biggest personal benefit you receive from your time within the OK Messages experience?

Children with an incarcerated parents are seven times more likely to serve time at some point. If my involvement with OMP can halt that cycle for even one child, it’s worth it. Nothing feels better than making a difference and I know that on filming days when our team sets up in the gym or the chapel we have made a difference just by being there. Prison is a dark, oppressive place and when OMP is on the yard we are a bright shining light of love and support. We don’t film inmates, we film moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas – I love that.  

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