You can help bring joy to the children of prisoners by delivering the Gospel and Christmas gifts on their parent’s behalf. Christ’s love also touches the hearts of prisoners who learn that caring Christian volunteered their time, talent, and treasure to reach out to their sons and daughters when they couldn’t.
Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree is the only nationwide, year-round effort that specifically reaches out to the estimated 1.7 million children in the United States whose parent or parents are incarcerated. Angel Tree partners with people to provide Christmas gifts and the presentation of the Gospel on behalf of their incarcerated parent. Additional opportunities to build family reconciliation include camping and mentoring.
Prisoners’ children are the most severely at-risk children and youth in America. Some 10 million young people in the United States have had a mother, a father, or both behind prison walls.
Angel Tree is an important way to reach out to kids struggling to deal with the anger, hurt, and disappointment they feel over their parent’s incarceration.
Through Angel Tree, children hear about the One God who loves them. This single act delivers more than a gift. It delivers hope that can change a child’s life forever!
Throughout the summer, inmates sign up their children to receive Christmas gifts.
Benefits of Angel Tree
- Angel Tree allows the incarcerated parent to say to a child, “I messed up. I can’t be with you right now, but it’s not your fault, and I love you and think about you all the time.”
- Parent-child bonds are often renewed as a result of the love a child feels upon receiving a gift on behalf of his or her incarcerated parent. And as a result, the incarcerated parents are often reconciled to their families.
- Children of prisoners are more likely to land in prison than their peers, but Angel Tree is an opportunity for positive reinforcement that can break this negative cycle. Churches and organizations that stay in contact with the Angel Tree families can encourage and support the family by providing spiritual guidance and discipleship, as well as practical assistance such as food baskets, school supplies, and most importantly, spiritual care and support.