Through Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree program, churches are coming alongside families of the incarcerated at Christmastime, and all year long.
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Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, is urging residents, churches, and other organizations in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area to help sponsor area children of incarcerated parents in the Greater Charlotte area in Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program. Three counties needing the most support are Mecklenburg, Gaston, and Cabarrus.
clclt.com Prison Fellowship Urges Charlotte Area Residents to Sponsor Kids of Incarcerated Parents This Christmas Season November 11, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Jim Forbes, Prison...
"For the past three years, Centeno has organized special workouts to raise money for the Angel Tree program. But Centeno had never shared his story with his gym members - until Saturday." #AngelTree Fit-Results #Chicago
abc7chicago.com A former prisoner and South Loop gym owner is using his past and passion to help families in need during the Christmas holiday.
Churches and small groups around the country can sign up to be the hands and feet of Jesus, helping #incarcerated parents connect with their children this #Christmas through Angel Tree, including virtually! Register now: https://bit.ly/3k7HCTv #AngelTree
“This organization has a been such a blessing. I cannot put into words how much my heart is filled with joy and appreciation. The children never asked to be put in the position of their loved one not being here for days, months, years. Their faces on Christmas Day are priceless moments. All I can say is thank you.” #AngelTree #Christmas #incarceration
Angel Tree brought healing to Anastasia's family and gave her a chance to love her two young children, even while behind bars.
prisonfellowship.org Angel Tree brought healing to Anastasia's family and gave her a chance to love her two young children, even while behind bars.
Thank you Nazarene Baptist Church!
The Nazarene Dorcas Missionary Circle is once again partnering with Prison Fellowship (PF) to serve Philadelphia children of incarcerated parents this Christmas season. Because of COVID-19, gifts will be provided digitally.
A $22 donation gives one child a Christmas package on behalf of their incarcerated loved one. It includes: a gift card to Walmart, the prisoner parent’s message, a Gospel presentation, and an opportunity to request a free Adventure Bible.
The children are listed by gender & age from youngest to oldest. Scroll down to select your child by name. If he/she has siblings, you’ll be given the option to sponsor them too, as well as the child’s caregivers. Deadline is December 12th.
To send your tax deductible gift, go to:
Our Access Code is: L3Q71
If you have questions, contact any Dorcas member. Thanks & God bless you for your generosity.
Thank you Generous Coffee!
Prison Fellowship is grateful to Generous Coffee for choosing our Angel Tree program to be their charity of choice for donations this holiday season! Now until December 1st, when you purchase any product from their website, the profits will go to Angel Tree! Visit: https://generousmovement.com/
Thank you CP Missions!
This month we are partnering with Angel Tree to help provide 54 gifts to children in Lancaster country who have an incarcerated parent. The gifts are given through a local church (in this case, Christ Place Church) on behalf of the incarcerated parent.
You can help a child feel remembered by purchasing a Christmas gift from our Angel Tree Amazon Wishlist. The gifts purchased will be delivered to the church, and our team will wrap them and deliver them to the families, along with a "Christmas Party in a Box."
Thank you for partnering with us to invest in at-risk families this Christmas season!
Angel Tree Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/10VQ15JXAEYH3/ref=bnav_topnav_lists_1?
Thank you Second Presbyterian Church!
One of the mission traditions of our congregation is to participate in the Angel Tree program. This year we've made it easier than ever to participate. Click the link below to select a child.
Thank you Valley Baptist Church!
Please stop by Valley Baptist Church and select an angel...or a snowflake for Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree program. In less than three weeks, we will be delivering bundles of joy to these families! We need your help now to provide Christmas gifts and the Gospel for children whose parents are incarcerated.
Gifts and groceries are due on November 29th so we can deliver on the 30th and December 1st.
Thank you Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis!
We are joining with @Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree ministry to provide Christmas gifts and spread the joy of knowing Jesus Christ to children of incarcerated parents. This year, EP will sponsor 50 children. We are taking Covid precautions and inviting you to email Gayle Blizzard ([email protected]) to learn how you, your family, or your group can purchase toy and clothing gifts or help with gift wrapping or delivery. All gifts can be dropped off at the church by Sunday, December 13.
“It helps keep things going and gives us something to look forward to,” LaReshia said, adding that program volunteers were able to send her father a video of the children opening gifts last year. “It definitely bridges the gap with the children and their grandfather. [Angel Tree] keeps them connected to a grandfather they really don’t know…I’m so glad that this program exists.”
omahamagazine.com LaReshia Weaver and her father always had a close relationship, and she was grateful for his support. When he was incarcerated, a program called Angel Tree helped the family maintain ties.
Thank you CP Missions!
This Christmas season, we are collecting Christmas gifts for at-risk kids and families in our city by partnering with four local organizations.
To make the donation process safe and easy, everything can be purchased online and delivered directly to our partners! The links to give can be found in the photos.
Angel Tree: Provide a gift, on behalf of an incarcerated parent, to their child. This simple gift helps the child feel remembered by their parent even when they are unable to physically be together.
Royal Family KIDS Club: Provide a financial gift, on behalf of an RFK Mentor, to a child that is in, or has experienced the foster care system. Your generosity will bless both the mentor and mentee, who spend at least six hours together each month, with a fun experience that includes Prehistoric Putt-Putt and a meal at DaVincis.
Christian Heritage: Provide a gift, on behalf of foster parents, to a child that is currently in a foster care home through Christian Heritage.
City Impact: Provide a gift, for City Impact's Gift of Love store, which allows low-income families to shop with dignity for Christmas gifts for their children so that everyone can have a gift under the tree.
“I have been locked up over six years. I was arrested a little over a month after my son, now 6, was born. Even though I have never been there physically, I’ve fought to stay a part of his life, letting him know I love him and plan on being in his life every day upon my release. During my time here I’ve made it a point to change my life for the better with the goal of being the best man and father I can be. I read, write, and have taken every class I could, but I still felt like something was missing. I picked up the Bible and realized what had been missing. Now I am trying to read the whole thing in one year, knowing I’ll gain the guidance I’ll need to fully change. Thank you again for all you have done with and for my family. You all are forever in my prayers.” #AngelTree #incarceration #family #hope
Alone in prison lockdown with a television and a Bible, Chris increasingly missed and worried about his son Christopher. God had transformed Chris’ heart. Prison Fellowship Angel Tree helped demonstrate those changes to his son.
prisonfellowship.org Chris smoked his first joint at age 12. He remembers because that year his father and mother finally divorced. This is how Chris found freedom.
Incarcerated father Chris looked forward to seeing his family, but prison visits were usually awkward. Prison Fellowship Angel Tree helped to change that.
prisonfellowship.org Incarcerated father Chris looked forward to seeing his family, but prison visits were usually awkward. Angel Tree helped to change that.
“Awesome [and] very appreciated … it brought so much joy to my grandson to know even though his dad isn’t home he still found a way to help him enjoy Christmas.” – Caregiver. #AngelTree #Christmas #family #ItStartsWithAGift
"When the pandemic locked down facilities, [City Life program in Dallas, Texas] partnered with Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program to launch an after-care ministry specifically targeting kids whose parents are incarcerated."
thealabamabaptist.org Coronavirus-related lockdowns have limited personal contact for organizations that minister to students, but Dallas-Fort Worth Youth...
Thank you First Baptist Church Universal City!
Sunday, Nov. 8 we’ll be kicking off our annual Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Christmas Season in support of children in our community who have parents that are incarcerated. You can pick up your “Angel” in the Sanctuary Foyer Nov. 8 and 15. Wrapped gifts should be turned in on November 22 in the Foyer.
Angel Tree Ministry reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ seeking to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other. Help be a blessing this holiday season!
“Thank you so much for giving my children Christmas gifts on my behalf. I cannot begin to express how much it means to me that you would do something so great in the name of our Lord. I am more than grateful and touched by the love and kindness you all have shown.” #AngelTree #ItStartsWithAGift #PFAngelTree
Prison Fellowship hosted another successful Angel Tree bowling clinic in Las Vegas recently, welcoming local youth to have fun, build perseverance, and hear the Gospel.
prisonfellowship.org Prison Fellowship hosted another successful bowling clinic in Las Vegas, welcoming local youth to have fun, build perseverance, and hear the Gospel.
Thank you The Summit Baptist Church! If your church is interested in participating in Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program for 2020, please visit our website: https://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/angel-tree/angel-tree-christmas/
Gearing up for our 2nd year participating in Angel Tree. Like last year we have been assigned 25 children serving 12 families.
HOPE AND CONNECTION—IN PRISON AND OUT
Incarceration can strain family ties to the breaking point. Angel Tree shares the love of Christ in a tangible way and strengthens family bonds, delivering personalized gifts and the Gospel to children on behalf of their incarcerated parents at Christmas. Every Angel Tree family is also given access to a free, easy-to-read copy of the Bible in English or Spanish.
“Angel Tree let my family know that I was still there no matter what. Angel Tree really paved the way for that, and let my children know that they were cared about, were thought about, and were important enough to receive the gifts from their dad.” #AngelTree #Christmas #children #ItStartsWithAGift
For Lueida, Prison Fellowship Angel Tree is more than just a Christmas program; it's her passion. For decades she has reached out to prisoners' children year-round in greater Cleveland, Ohio.
prisonfellowship.org When Lueida’s passion for Angel Tree led to her start a Bible study for kids, she wasn’t sure what she was getting into. But a promise is a promise.
“It felt really good to have that gift from [Mom]. The best thing was knowing she was doing well, and knowing she was alive. I got so worried sometimes. I didn’t always know how she was doing. I wondered if she was OK. … [Angel Tree] is my most special Christmas memory.”
Many organizations have a mission to help children in need. What makes Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree unique?
prisonfellowship.org Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree's distinct core mission is to create pathways of reconciliation between incarcerated parents and their children.
Zackarie didn’t want to go to camp at first, but he’s so glad he did. More than a decade later, he remembers his weeks at camp as some of the best—and most transformative—of his life.
prisonfellowship.org Zackarie didn’t want to go to camp at first, but he’s so glad he did. He remembers his weeks at camp as some of the best of his life.
Kenny Dobbs, the “Slam Dunk Artist” got his life back on track. Now he’s helping at-risk kids do the same.
prisonfellowship.org Slam dunk legend Kenny Dobbs has made a name for himself in basketball, but his passion is helping at-risk kids get on the right track.
These teenage fundraisers, Helping Hands Club, are still going strong -- almost $6,000 raised for Prison Fellowship Angel Tree, with a goal of $10,000!
prisonfellowship.org "I couldn’t let these kids grow up without support." Amid a pandemic, American youth raise money for the Angel Tree Christmas program.
"I guarantee you I would not have made it past ninth grade in school if my dad hadn't signed us up for Angel Tree that year," said Jamie. "I probably would have been doing drugs just to feel better, and I could have been a terrible kid. But God came into the picture and made me feel special, feel loved, which is what we needed at that time." Deliver a gift and the Gospel to prisoners’ children this Christmas through your church, business, or organization. It only takes a few moments to register, and you can have a lifetime of impact on prisoners’ families. Find out more: https://bit.ly/3k7HCTv #PFAngelTreeChristmas #ItStartsWithAGift #AngelTree
A recent Prison Fellowship Hope Event - last week at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Alabama. Mary Kay Beard was a former inmate there, and she was the founder of Angel Tree.
Prison Fellowship recently hosted a Hope Event™ at the Tutwiler Prison for Women to honor the legacy of Mary Kay Bard, former inmate and founder of Angel Tree. Angel Tree has delivered more than 11 million Christmas gifts to children with incarcerated parents.
“I had a great relationship with my father because he was very involved when he was in prison, and Angel Tree was a big part of that. … It was so awesome to have something that was your own and it was always beautifully wrapped. We would always save the wrapping and the bows. It normalized things—I felt like every other kid with presents under the tree.”
We know that Prison Fellowship supporters are strong prayer warriors, always interceding when we ask for prayers for prisoners and their families. We’re working on some very important initiatives in the coming weeks. Would you commit to praying for Prison Fellowship? We aim to serve over 300,000 children of incarcerated parents this season through Angel Tree. However, the number of churches and groups signing up to serve Angel Tree children is behind schedule. This week, please pray that churches and organizations will sign up. And if your church or group is interested in Angel Tree, there will be a link with more information posted below in the comments. Thank you.
Jaelin has been an Angel Tree recipient for several years, and also volunteers for Angel Tree. He still remembers his first Angel Tree Christmas party, when he received a Bible with his name engraved on it and a book about planets. “Angel Tree helps me feel more connected to my dad,” he says. “I think it makes him feel good knowing he doesn’t have to worry much about the support I’m receiving. He can feel that he’s helped out a lot, too, besides just sending letters.” Will you bring prisoners’ families together this Christmas? Churches, organizations, and small groups around the country can sign up to help incarcerated parents connect with their children this Christmas. Register today! #PFAngelTreeChristmas #ItStartsWithAGift #AngelTree
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