Help Children of Incarcerated Parents
November 12 – December 24
Every child has a story, and for 2.7 million American children, their story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness, and shame that comes from having a mom or dad in prison. These children are some of the most at-risk children today. When a parent is in prison, children often don’t know how their mom or dad feels about them because there are few, if any, ways for them to connect with each other.
Angel Tree Prison Fellowship connects children with incarcerated parents at Christmastime by providing presents to kids on behalf of their incarcerated mom or dad.
- These parents feel pride in doing something personal for their children.
- The children experience the joy of knowing their parents haven’t forgotten them
You can make a difference in these children’s lives by sharing Christ’s love through a Christmas present.
This year, Crossroads will serve 155 children in one of two ways: the traditional way where we shop, wrap, and deliver gifts to families, or with an online option of gift giving.
Here are ways you can be involved in this ministry:
- Sundays November 12, 19, and 26: GOOD NEWS! All 80 tree angels have been sponsored! Thank you, everyone! Online Angels are available to select.
- Sunday, December 3 all gifts should be placed unwrapped or in an open gift bag, with the angel tag securely attached. Place under the Angel Tree on or before Sunday, December 3.
- Crossroads has committed to sponsor 75 online Angel Tree children. Click here to donate and sponsor a child(ren) from rural areas of the country who would otherwise be unable to receive gifts through this program. A single donation of $30.00 purchases and sends gift cards to the child you select.
- On December 10 come to the gift-wrapping party, held in the upper-level Great Room, after worship. Help wrap all 155 gifts together.
- Between December 10 – 25, help deliver gifts to the children’s homes in time for Christmas. We need volunteers to deliver so please sign up by the Angel Tree starting Sunday, November 12.
This is a great ministry for individuals, couples, and families. Please stop by the Angel Tree and if you haven’t before, please consider volunteering to help deliver gifts this year. Giving a child a gift from an incarcerated parent and representing the love of Christ in such a tangible way can be transforming. Seeing a child’s face light up with the hope that their parent still loves them is unforgettable. It is extremely heartwarming to bring joy to these children and their families despite their extraordinarily tough circumstances.
Contact: Trudy Lampen