Kershaw, SC (WLTX) -- On this Easter holiday weekend, inmates in one Midlands county were literally touched by a Biblical story.
"You always feel like there's an emptiness at some point in your life. You feel like something's missing," said ShKayla Roddey whose father is serving 44 years in prison.
And for these children, that something missing is their dads. For two brothers, their father, Tommy, has been gone since they were babies.
"I messed up, I got myself here and that's some of the things I wrote in their letters, how sorry I am for being so selfish in the decisions that I made to get myself here to be out of their lives," Tommy said.
Volunteers for Kershaw Second Baptist and Proverbs 22:6 brought children from around the state to see their fathers at Kershaw Correctional. And that visit involved a non-traditional ritual -- the inmates washing their children's feet.
"When they wipe their feet it changes them more than it changes the children's heart," Proverbs 22:6 Founder Cyril Prabhu said. "Here what the fathers are trying to show to their children is I not only love you, but I am so sorry for what I have done to you, I will get on my knees and wash your feet.
"When you see inmates that are problem inmates, they stay in trouble and then all of a sudden you see a complete turn around," Kershaw Correctional Warden Cecilia Reynolds said.
For Tommy, this reminds him of something he missed when his sons were young.
"I get a little piece of this right now just to wipe your feet and dry your feet off, let you know how much I love you and I don't mind doing this for you," Tommy said
And while these inmates may be isolated from society, Prabhu doesn't believe that should keep them from being a father.
"I know these guys have done wrong and are serving time and they're being punished and they're going through what they're going through here, but they're human beings too," Prabhu said. "And their children, when they come there and hug them and stay with them it's going to change something in their heart."
After the children got their feet washed, they were given new shoes from Samaritan's Feet. This is the first time the event has taken place and Proverbs 22:6 hopes to have other prisons participate.