Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Prison Ministry Collects Toiletries For Inmates

By Prison Ministry Collects Toiletries For Inmates | Published July 7, 2011

Nearly 200 inmates at Central State Prison in Macon need basic toiletries and hygiene items, said Deacon Richard Tolcher, coordinator of the archdiocesan Prison and Jail Ministry.

The Central State Prison chaplain contacted the prison ministry, requesting help with donations of shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste for a large number of inmates.

Sidonie Hall, the chaplain, said the state supplies a few of the items to inmates, but the quantity is often not enough. There are also inmates with medical conditions who cannot use the standard-issue toiletries because of allergic reactions or other issues. Hall asks outside groups monthly to collect hygiene items for the men, especially those who do not have family members outside the prison.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections website, Central State Prison has housing for over 550 men, including 24 in isolation and 141 in a mental health unit. A separate “fast track” section houses 288 general population offenders in four open dormitories.

Deacon Tolcher will collect the items and coordinate delivery to Central State Prison. He anticipates this to be a long-term need.

For information, contact Deacon Richard Tolcher at or (678) 758-5678.