Angel Tree

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 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."

blockclubchicago.org Celestial Ministries drives families downstate to visit incarcerated loved ones and organizes a gift drive for children with a parent in prison.

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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!

prisonfellowship.org 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: http://bit.ly/2QmY9Hz

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Countdown to Christmas--Deliver a Gift to an Angel Tree Child in Need

The clock is ticking, and there are still thousands of Angel Tree children who need your help! Can you help us deliver Christmas gifts to those in need in your area?

prisonfellowship.org The clock is ticking, and there are still Angel Tree children who need your help! Can you help us deliver Christmas gifts to those in need in your area?

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. https://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/angel-tree/map/?dv=remaining

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Angel Tree Opens Doors of Hope - Prison Fellowship

“I lost count of the holidays we celebrated without Mom. The longer she was away, the angrier I became. I grew up with a lot of hate in my heart. My 15th birthday wouldn’t be what I once dreamed of. But Christmas that year was better than I could have imagined because of Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree.”

prisonfellowship.org Isis life was devastated when her mother went to prison. Prison Fellowship and Angel Tree helped her begin to put it back together.

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. https://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/angel-tree/map/?dv=remaining

Angel Tree Christmas

Every Christmas, Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program mobilizes local churches and organizations to minister to hundreds of thousands of children by delivering a gift, the Gospel message, and a personal message of love on behalf of their mom or dad behind bars. For more information, call our Angel Tree office at 800-55-ANGEL (2-6435).

In Jominiq's home growing up, Christmas was a day he only saw celebrated on TV. So when his Prison Fellowship Academy decided to hold an Angel Tree Christmas party and invite their families, Jominiq got the chance to experience Christmas for the first time—alongside his daughter. Watch the video at the link: http://bit.ly/2NQuFyH

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Local church helping children of incarcerated parents through holiday program

“It really struck me because a lot of these kids are with grandparents or great-grandparents because one or both parents are incarcerated. They are missing a vital part of their life. I thought it was a great way to minister to these kids and show them that someone loves them and is thinking of them.”

starherald.com First Baptist Church has extended its holiday giving with an Angel Tree program that will help children of incarcerated persons.The Angel Tree Program is part of a national Prison Fellowship

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How Angel Tree Helped Shane Gain a Second Chance at Fatherhood

"I started to realize that my children were collateral damage in my life. I loved them, and I never wanted to hurt them, but they were damaged as a result of my addiction." Shane discovered a bright spot in the midst of his darkness: Angel Tree.

prisonfellowship.org Shane wasn't the only one punished for his crimes. Here's how Angel Tree helped Shane gain a second chance at fatherhood by healing his family.

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Is Angel Tree for Real? How A Hardened Prisoner's Heart Was Saved

When Doug heard churches wanted to buy Christmas presents for his children, he thought it sounded like a prison scam. Was Angel Tree for real? Who would do something nice for a prisoner like him?

prisonfellowship.org When Doug heard churches wanted to buy Christmas presents for his children, he thought it sounded like a prison scam. Was Angel Tree for real?

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Hope in the Waiting: How One Family Found Jesus and Healing

Three years is a long time in the life of a child, and for Samatha, it was just easier to let her father slip from her memory. But every day in prison, her father grew closer to God. And even though he didn’t know where she and her brother were living, he signed them up for Angel Tree—and Angel Tree found them.

prisonfellowship.org Josh and Samatha thought their dad had forgotten them. But there is hope in the waiting. God was already at work restoring their family.

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Remembering Caregivers on Grandparents Day - Angel Tree

“Something that makes me proud is all the things my grandma does for us, always striving to help us succeed. She never puts us down. She always lifts us up.” When a loved one goes to prison the family serves a sentence, too.

prisonfellowship.org Many Angel Tree kids live with their grandparents. This Grandparents Day, we want to honor those who care for youth while their moms and dads are away.

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This Sunday 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 November 3 and 10. Gifts should be turned in on November 17 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. Thank you so much for your support!

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Hope Shines Through the Shadow: Belinda Miller - Prison Fellowship

“Just to know that your dad is thinking about you and set aside time to think about you, it’s so special. And it’s so personalized. That’s what makes it different. Angel Tree really connects you and makes you aware that your parent is listening to what’s going on in your life.”

prisonfellowship.org Belinda's world was shaken when her father went to prison. Angel Tree and Prison Fellowship helped restore order and showed how hope shines through.

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11 Million Angels: You Can't Break a Promise to Kids

For Lueida, Angel Tree is more than just a Christmas program; it’s her passion. For decades she has reached out to prisoners’ children year-round.

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.

From yesterday in San Diego at our Angel Tree basketball clinic!

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A Second Chance for a Father in Rikers Island - Prison Fellowship

"While I was in Rikers—being incarcerated in the darkest place—for those two minutes that Angel Tree gave a gift to my son, I felt like it was coming from me. I felt like I was free."

prisonfellowship.org "For two minutes, I felt free." Thanks to Angel Tree, one father at Rikers Island was granted a second chance with his son.

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Under the Influence: How a Drug Dealer Became a Positive Leader - Prison Fellowship

Raised by a drug dealer, Oscar had a wild childhood on the streets before he was incarcerated. After living his life under the influence for years, could Oscar become a positive leader in his community?

prisonfellowship.org Oscar lived wild on the streets before he was incarcerated. After years under the influence, could Oscar become a positive leader in his community?

Each child of an incarcerated parent is created in the image of God. Jesus sees these children for who they are: loved, valued, and known by their Heavenly Father. It is this love that compels us to serve families. Prison Fellowship

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It's Never Too Late to Make a Difference - Angel Tree Volunteers Step In

At 87 years old, with 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree volunteer Nedra Angel is proof that there's always enough love for more—and it’s never too late to make a difference. “I do what God lets me do, and He has a purpose for all of us.”

prisonfellowship.org Angel Tree volunteer Nedra Angel is proof that it’s never too late to make a difference. “I do what God lets me do, and He has a purpose for all of us.”

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How Angel Tree Helped Shane Gain a Second Chance at Fatherhood

Shane's children suffered as the collateral damage of his crimes. “I loved them, and I never wanted to hurt them, but they were damaged as a result of my addiction." Could their relationship be restored?

prisonfellowship.org Shane wasn't the only one punished for his crimes. Here's how Angel Tree helped Shane gain a second chance at fatherhood by healing his family.

Attention Church Coordinators! The distribution of Angel Tree names starts this month! If there have been changes to your contact information, please call us at 800.55.ANGEL or email us at [email protected] with any updates. If you have not registered your church or organization to participate in 2019, please register at the link: http://bit.ly/2neqeEp

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A Touchy Subject: Growing Up with an Incarcerated Father

Incarceration has a powerful impact on the families left behind. Could Angel Tree child Peyton ever love her father when she didn’t even know him?

prisonfellowship.org Incarceration has a powerful impact on the families left behind. Could Angel Tree child Peyton ever love her father when she didn’t even know him?

Attention Church Coordinators

The distribution of Angel Tree names starts next month! If there have been changes to your contact information, please call us at 800.55.ANGEL or email us at [email protected] with any updates. If you have not registered your church or organization to participate in 2019, please register at the link: http://bit.ly/309CLvp

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Angel Tree Basketball Clinic with Hillsong NYC and Kenny Dobbs

In case you missed it: At the beginning of the month, we teamed up for an Angel Tree sports clinic with Kenny Dobbs and Hillsong NYC to put on a basketball clinic in Harlem for children of incarcerated parents. Thank you to everyone who made this event happen. Watch our video re-cap and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Last week, Angel Tree Sports Clinic teamed up with Hillsong NYC and Kenny Dobbs to put on a basketball clinic for children of incarcerated parents in Harlem....

“I would like to sincerely thank you for helping me show my daughter that I’m always thinking of her, especially at a time when it is particularly difficult for me to do so. [My] participation in the Angel Tree program allowed me to do something for my life’s joy that otherwise I would not have been able to do. The gratitude that I have can simply not be expressed in words.”

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Finding My Place: Nina’s Story - Angel Tree Camping

In case you missed it: As a young girl, it was hard for Nina to understand that her father was in prison. “We would talk on the phone, we felt very distant. I didn’t know him.” Then one year, Nina’s father asked her what she wanted for Christmas. Read on to discover how Angel Tree brought an estranged father and daughter back together.

prisonfellowship.org What’s the impact of summer camp? Nina shares how Angel Tree Camping molded her from a timid young girl into the strong leader she is today.

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Angel Tree Registration - Prison Fellowship

Attention Church Coordinators

The distribution of Angel Tree names starts next month! If there have been changes to your contact information, please call us at 800.55.ANGEL or email us at [email protected] with any updates. If you have not registered your church or organization to participate in 2019, please register at the link.

prisonfellowship.org No child should be forgotten at Christmas! You can help re-connect hurting families, and show prisoners’ children in your area the true meaning of Christmas

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James Ackerman, Prison Fellowship | The Eric Metaxas Radio Show

Prison Fellowship’s president and CEO James Ackerman was recently interviewed on the The Eric Metaxas Radio Show. James spoke about Chuck Colson’s legacy, Prison Fellowship ’s mission, Angel Tree, and how Jesus transforms the lives of incarcerated men and women. Watch at the link!

President and CEO of Prison Fellowship James Ackerman discusses the personal transformations he sees through the organization, as well as his relationship wi...

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Conquering Fears at Camp: Joseph’s Story - Angel Tree Camping

Camp stays with Joseph all year. At a church outreach event in Houston, he helped lead someone to Christ. “Anything that they teach me about God, I will take into my heart, and I will use it to tell others.” Read Joseph's Angel Tree camp story.

prisonfellowship.org At camp, Joseph can set his worries aside and be free to just be a kid. Every day is a new adventure. He will have lots to share with his dad in prison.

This past weekend was a big one for Angel Tree! On Saturday we held an Angel Tree Basketball sports clinic at Riverbank State Park Gymnasium in Harlem, New York, featuring Kenny Dobbs, recognized internationally as “the best slam dunk artist in the world,” and volunteers from Hillsong Church NYC. Also on Saturday, we had an Angel Tree Bowling sports clinic at Santa Fe Lanes in Las Vegas. This was in conjuction with the Adopt-A-Cop Nevada Bowling With Blue event featuring Las Vegas police officers. Hundreds of children at both events had an unforgettable day of coaching, encouragement, and hope in Christ.

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Remembering Caregivers on Grandparents Day - Angel Tree

Seventy percent of prisoners’ children have caregivers who are over the age of 50. Many of these caregivers are grandparents. Yesterday was Grandparents Day, and we want to honor those family members who care for youth while their moms and dads are away.

prisonfellowship.org Many Angel Tree kids live with their grandparents. This Grandparents Day, we want to honor those who care for youth while their moms and dads are away.

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Prisoner’s Kid Finds a Safe Place at Summer Camp

Every year, thousands of prisoners’ kids attend summer camps through Angel Tree Camping. Angel is one of those kids, and for her, camp has been a refuge.

prisonfellowship.org Every year, thousands of prisoners’ kids attend summer camps through Angel Tree Camping. Angel is one of those kids, and for her, camp has been a refuge.

“I’ve been to camp 9 years. Denise, a counselor, had a huge impact on my life, when she was telling me her story, and it was just like, ‘Oh, there’s other people that have lived life harder than me and have experienced rougher things in life than I did. And it’s just, ‘Oh, I thought I had the worst of it!’ … At camp I’ve learned that God is always by your side, every step of the way that you go. Even if you do sin, He’s still there for you. … Coming to camp is like a safe zone for me, because [at home] I hang out with different kinds of kids, and sometimes it’s the wrong crowd. And then I’ll be in that crowd before I come to camp, and coming here I have a break from everything in life. And it’s like, well, God’s here, and I can worship Him and be there with Him. … Camp touches a lot of kids. It’s the experience of a lifetime.”—Lanie, 16-year-old Angel Tree Camper in Minnesota. Find out more about Angel Tree here: http://bit.ly/2Z48VTM

REMINDER FOR CAREGIVERS:

Are you the caregiver of children who have a parent that is incarcerated? Now is the time to remind your loved one to sign their children up to receive gifts on their behalf from Angel Tree if they have not already done so. The deadline for applications is quickly approaching! They should speak with their prison chaplain to receive an application.

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44180 Riverside Pkwy
Leesburg, VA
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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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