Angel Tree

Through Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree program, churches are coming alongside families of the incarcerated at Christmastime, and all year long.

A Cycle of Goodness: Vaughan’s Camping Story

Vaughan knew what street life looked like, and he wanted something different. Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Camping gave him that chance. Vaughan knew what street life looked like, and he wanted something better. Angel Tree Camping gave him a chance to create a cycle of goodness.

“This camp is my second home, and I feel so safe here. I hope next year more kids can come to camp. This place is amazing. The counselors really do care. They want us to have a relationship with God. It is so cool to realize that the younger campers are looking up to us! Thank you, Lord.”

“I thank God for my family having the opportunity to receive gifts from their dad even though he was not in the home.”

Angel Tree Bowling Clinic with Adopt-A-Cop Nevada

In case you missed it: Late last year, Angel Tree Sports Clinics partnered with Adopt-A-Cop Nevada to bring together Angel Tree kids in the community with police officers in a safe, fun environment. "Bowling with Blue" allowed these children with incarcerated parents to have a positive interaction with law enforcement, and hopefully make new friends.

Angel Tree Sports Clinic partnered with Adopt-A-Cop Nevada to bring together Angel Tree kids in the community with police officers in a safe, fun environment...

Angel Tree Camping

Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree Program treats thousands of prisoners’ children to Christian summer camps for a week of great fun, new friends, new experiences—and new hope that profoundly impacts their futures and their families. Last year more than 6,000 children with an incarcerated parent attended a Christian camp on an Angel Tree scholarship. Find out more at our website: Children of prisoners go to Christian summer camps to experience fun and fellowship, build relationships, and experience the love of God.

"Angel Tree shows [kids and parents] that people do care about them. Not just by giving them gifts but by helping them and showing them how much God loves them." #AngelTree #PFAngelTree Prison Fellowship

“I missed out on so much while I was away, and Angel Tree helped me start making up for it. I know nothing can replace Mommy at home, but this was the best we could do. And it did a lot. My kids still talk about it. It’s amazing what a simple gift can do.” -- Formerly incarcerated parent and Angel Tree family. #AngelTree

Angel Tree Report Back: 2019

Together, we made Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree's Christmas outreach this year a success! Thanks to our donors and the nearly 7,500 partners that served more than 300,000 kids this Christmas!

Together, we made Angel Tree's Christmas outreach this year a success! For 2.7 million children in the U.S., that story may be filled with the abandonment, l...

South Texas: Broken heart and border blessings

An inspirational story from a student at Univ. of Texas Tyler, who recently experienced having a family member incarcerated and found serving Prison Fellowship #AngelTree kids in South Texas was exactly where God wanted her to be. Student Mission Blog: I came down here to the Texas/Mexico border thinking I wouldn’t be able to relate in any way to the people. But God knew why I was placed here.

Build a Year-Round Ministry - Family Ministry - Prison Fellowship

Here are some ideas for building a year-round ministry from your Angel Tree Christmas program. Continue to encourage and support prisoners’ families throughout the entire year! Build a year-round ministry with Angel Tree!

“My favorite part of the clinic is too hard to choose! I had to get up so early for this, but I’m so glad I came. It was fun, and the coaches were so nice. I can’t wait to tell my dad about it.” #AngelTree #SportsClinic #children #hope

Rams host holiday celebration for Prison Fellowship Angel Tree

Thank you Los Angeles Rams for spending an afternoon with 130 #AngelTree families! “You need to meet them where they’re at and just let them know, ‘Hey, we love you and are here for you.’” Friday, Jan 10, 2020 02:42 PM Copied! Rams host holiday celebration for Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Los Angeles Rams players, and staff, host a holiday party and gift giving with Prison Fellowship Angel Tree for children with incarcerated family members, Monday, December 23, 2019, in Thousand Oaks,...

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas at the 19th annual Angel Tree Christmas Party | Valley News

Great article about a Prison Fellowship #AngelTree party in California last month -- the 19th annual! 154 children with incarcerated parents were provided gifts through Community Outreach Ministries. In My CityWildomar Celebrate the spirit of Christmas at the 19th annual Angel Tree Christmas Party By Submitted - January 3, 2020 0 286 Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Ashley Linn and her children Noah and Angelina from Murrieta display their gifts at the 19th annual Angel Tree Christmas P...

At Risk Angel Tree Kids Pray for Each Other - Prison Fellowship

As Desmond prayed aloud, he also began to pray for the other children at camp and even Christians persecuted around the world. One in 28 children has a parent locked behind bars. These kids are at risk to repeat their parents' mistakes. Angel Tree Camping wants to stop that.

“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your Angel Tree volunteers are awesome! You came through for me in a very bad and troubled time in my life. You put a smile on my children’s faces at a time of my absence. Thank you again!”

4 Ways You Can Minister to Children with Incarcerated Parents

Angel Tree starts with a gift. But what happens when the last present is opened, the decorations are packed away, and a new year starts? The Angel Tree program ministers to prisoners’ children not just at Christmas but all year, too. Check out these four ways you can help Angel Tree kids and their families throughout the year. Check out these four ways you can help the children and families of prisoners through the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program throughout the year.

“To know that you all care enough to take time out of your lives to extend love and kindness into my life by delivering a gift to my daughter, you did more than just give a physical gift. You opened a door to restore a strained relationship. You not only gave me hope that healing is possible, but you started the healing process. Your caring is a huge gift to me and my family. I have been praying for my daughter and asking God to place believers around her to help her get through this time of separation. I believe God has used you and this program to answer that prayer. I pray God blesses you and your church for your act of obedience.” —Incarcerated Mom.

Blue Ridge Fellowship Steps Up After Angel Tree Presents Stolen

The last thing anyone at Blue Ridge Fellowship expected was a robbery. But two days before the big Christmas party, all of the Angel Tree gifts were stolen. What they needed now was a Christmas miracle. Ruby Payne couldn’t have expected what happened two days before last December’s Angel Tree® event. But together, they rose above the challenges to share hope and grace.

The Bond No Bars Can Separate (Video) - Prison Fellowship

The reality of having a loved one in prison is hard to grasp without experiencing it. All kinds of heart-wrenching issues can fracture family bonds and trigger angst, from discussing complicated legal processes to lamenting missed family holidays and milestones. Watch as Joe, arrested in front of his daughters, talks about how Christmas was an especially trying time. Joe was ashamed when he was arrested in front of his daughters. And then Angel Tree—a unique prison ministry to the children of prisoners—stepped in.

“Christians, who are specifically called to care for the bruised and broken of society, can bring hope. This means caring for offenders, both during and after their incarceration, as well as their families.” -- Chuck Colson

Miranda and Trinity - An Angel Tree Story

When her dad went to prison, Miranda's daughter Trinity was crushed. And then, one Christmas, something wonderful happened. Watch as Miranda talks about the impact of Angel Tree on her family:

When her dad went to prison, Miranda's daughter Trinity was crushed. She didn't really understand what had happened, but it was obvious she was heartbroken. ...

"We couldn’t do this for our grandkids without the help. We are very grateful. Very.” Read more here about Angel Tree giving to 240 families in Pierre, South Dakota:

"Messages written to Maui kids were added to many of the gifts. 'Merry Christmas! I Love You, To The Moon And Back'; -Dad loves you'; 'Don’t forget about me — I yearn to know your heart.'" Read more about Angel Tree giving in Wailuku, Maui, here:

From everyone at Prison Fellowship and Angel Tree: Thank you to the pastors and church leadership, Angel Tree coordinators, and volunteers who gave of their time and resources to ensure that more than 300,000 children of prisoners were assigned this season! We are grateful for the support you provided in helping Angel Tree reach its goal for 2019. As we look forward to 2020, we pray that your Christmas season and New Year are filled with blessings of joy, love and peace.

This Christmas, Give a Gift that Keeps Giving All Year Round

Through Christmas presents and loving volunteers and churches, Prison Fellowship Angel Tree takes what begins as a tragedy for many families—the incarceration of their loved one—and turns it into a blessing. Watch here: Through presents and loving volunteers and churches, Angel Tree takes what begins as a tragedy for many families and turns it into a blessing.

WOW! As of this morning, we are now at 381 children still unassigned! Primarily in #Tennessee and #Alabama -- let's see this through and serve all the children of #incarcerated parents who are signed up for #AngelTree!

Does your church or organization have resources to serve Angel Tree children? Thousands of churches and community organizations have already committed to serve more than 300,000 Angel Tree kids this year, but there are still many areas of need across the country where children have yet to be matched with a church. Click the link to see areas where there is no church coverage but children are still available for assignment.

Former prisoner, turned gym owner gives back to kids of incarcerated parents through Angel Tree program

For the past three years, formerly incarcerated Luis Centeno, whose children participated in the Angel Tree program, has organized special workouts at his gym to support Angel Tree. At the most recent fundraiser, he shared his story for the first time. “Lou is a primary example that anything is possible with hard work and love." A former prisoner and South Loop gym owner is using his past and passion to help families in need during the Christmas holiday.

The magic of Christmas | News, Sports, Jobs - Messenger News

In addition to providing Angel Tree gifts, Prairie Lakes Church in Iowa will host a bowling party for the children and their 27 caregivers. “The more that we get a chance to know people and we get to know the aspects of their story, the better position we can be to love them and love them appropriately.” Prairie Lakes Church is working to bring the magic of Christmas and the love of Jesus to dozens of local children who might need an extra boost to get throug

Waco: Church hosts angel tree event for inmate families

"They're leaning into the hard places...and the reality is, is that these kids didn't choose their circumstances, and they deserve all of this, they deserve to feel special. I'm so thankful for a church with a mission focused in the prison field, it's such a precious ministry." Unfortunately, some parents can't be with their kids for Christmas because they're behind bars, but a local church is helping them know 'mom and dad' still care.

“My hopes for this year are [for the Angel Tree] volunteers to get out of it what I get out of it, and for the church to see the need to be out there in the community. It’s such a great season. Sometimes I don’t even need to decorate, because it just feels like Christmas when I have Angel Tree.” Thousands of partners have already committed to serve, but there are still communities across the country where you can help bring an Angel Tree Christmas to prisoners' children – 5,000 children still need a church or group partner! Find out how you can help at our interactive map:

Braille Bible Beats Out Barbie: Making God's Word Available to All

When Sean and his family chose their Angel Tree tag, they knew that finding books in Braille would be difficult. They weren’t even sure where to start! But God was already working on a plan. Where does one find a Bible in braille? Sean and his daughters had no idea where to start, but with God all things are possible.

FAQs About Children of Prisoners - Prison Fellowship

Gain insight into the problems children face when a parent goes to prison with our FAQs resource. FAQs about children of prisoners. Find out how incarceration can impact a child's life and what the needs for families affected by incarceration.

“It’s not about the gift. It’s about the connection with Christ and the church …” Does your church or organization have resources to serve Angel Tree children? There are still 8,000 children across the country that need to be matched with a church. Click the link to see areas where there is no church coverage but children are still available for assignment:

Woman collecting presents for children whose parents are incarcerated

Sheila Jefferson of Memphis knows what it’s like to be incarcerated and not be able to provide for her family over the holidays. For the past four years, she has worked with the Angel Tree program to make giving a reality for the families of incarcerated men and women. "These tears now are really tears of gratefulness because I'm now able to do what I couldn't do then.” Watch at the link! A woman who faced jail time for three years is giving back to kids whose parents are incarcerated.

Thank you area churches and staff of the Missouri Department of Corrections!

Jefferson City-area corrections staff and mid-Missouri churches have teamed up to provide holiday gifts to kids with incarcerated parents through Angel Tree. Staff bought gifts for 114 kids in Columbia, Jefferson City, Fulton, Harrisburg,
Sturgeon and Holt's Summit. 💙🎅 🎁 Want to help? Nearly 9,000 U.S. kids are still waiting for angels:

Today is #GivingTuesday, and Prison Fellowship’s goal is to serve 12,000 children of prisoners through Angel Tree! Every December, Angel Tree Volunteers deliver Christmas gifts to children on behalf of their incarcerated parents. You never really know who is going to answer when you knock on a stranger’s door, but Angel Tree volunteers know to just roll with it and let God lead. Read the story:

Prison Separation Gets Even Harder During The Holidays, So This West Side Ministry Is Bringing Families Together

Stanley and Anoinette, co-founders of the Chicago nonprofit Celestial Ministries know what Angel Tree means to families with incarcerated loved ones. "... with the help of [Prison Fellowship's] Angel Tree program that Stanley Ratliff had signed up for while in prison, he was able to send a gift for his son — a red fire truck for him to unwrap on Christmas morning." Celestial Ministries drives families downstate to visit incarcerated loved ones and organizes a gift drive for children with a parent in prison.

TBT Thanksgiving: Angel Tree Family Returns the Favor

From our archives – Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for our Prison Fellowship Angel Tree volunteers, churches, and families! Throwback Thursday: Every Christmas, Leah received a present from her dad through Angel Tree. Now that her dad is out of prison, it's her turn to give back.

Freelance photographer Erica Daniels’ father was incarcerated when she was a young girl. Years later, she found herself snapping photos of kids with a similar story and reflecting on her past. “I love seeing kids have fun. They're just free here.” Read more of Erica's story here:

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Angel Tree Christmas




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An estimated 1.7 million children have a mom or dad in prison. The number is huge – but so is the opportunity. Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other. In Matthew 18:5 Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” There are children right in your community who are among the most at-risk children in the nation. Angel Tree provides an opportunity to connect with those families and begin ministering to them at Christmas and then continue through a variety of year-round ministry opportunities.
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