Angel Tree provides a program that helps prison kids connect with their parents in prison. Volunteers at local churches make it possible for the Angel Tree prison fellowship program’s to thrive. (See video at bottom of post)
Angel Tree Prison Fellowship Program: Its Mission
There are currently about 2.7 million children in the US who have one or more parent in prison. One program helps connect these prison kids with their parents through various resources.
The Angel Tree program prison fellowship program is for families of inmates. It was started in 1982 and has done its part to help parents in prison raise children from behind bars since then.
This prison fellowship program provides a pathway for strengthening and restoring incarcerated parents’ relationships with their prison children and prison families. They do so by giving gifts to children with incarcerated parents during Christmastime.
These gifts are delivered in the name of their imprisoned parents. Local church members suggest gifts according to requests made by the incarcerated parents. They make sure to call the children’s caregivers to confirm whether or not the gift is suitable for the child.
The Angel Tree Prison Fellowship Program: How It Works
This is how the Angel Tree Prison Fellowship program works:
1. Church Registration
Local church members with the support of their pastors or other church leaders register the church for this program.
2. Parent Signs Kids Up
Parents in prison sign their children up to be recipients of the Angel Tree prison fellowship program.
3. Receive Angel Tree Names
In the fall, Angel Tree coordinators receive the names of the children in the program, the caregivers’ names and their contact information.
4. Local Church Receives Angel Tree Tags
The Angel Tree Christmas tags are completed. They include the names of these children and their gift suggestions. These tags are to be displayed in the registered churches.
5. Local Church Members Get Involved
All church members are notified of the program. This is achieved through bulletins, pulpit announcements, bulletin boards and many other ways. They are invited to select names from the Angel Tree display.
6. Prison Kids Get Gifts from Incarcerated Parents
The church members display, purchase, wrap and deliver a gift for each child on behalf of his or her incarcerated parent. In the process, The Gospel is shared to the children and their caregivers.
Angel Tree Prison Fellowship Program: The Costs
Angel Tree provides prison children with Christmas gifts. What makes these gifts so special is that they are suggested by and given to the children as gifts from their incarcerated parents.
The cost per child for the Angel Tree Christmas is $15-20. Churches and volunteers may purchase gifts according to their own personal preferences.
The Angel Tree Program: Get Started Today
It doesn’t take much expense to change the lives of prison inmates and their loved ones! You can get started today in as little as 10 minute’s time without breaking the bank – and without any hassle! Every person’s attention and care can make a grave difference in these people’s lives!
Do your part. Sign up as an Angel Tree sponsor.
Christmas 2017 is approaching quickly. Prison children need programs like these to stay connected with their parents in prisons. If you know of any in your local area, please share them with us in the comments below. We’d really appreciate it.