Help Children of Imprisoned Parents
November 13–December 25
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. This is especially true since COVID issues often prevent in-person visitation.
This year, Crossroads will be serving 150 children in one of two ways. We are bringing back the traditional way we have served whereby we shop, wrap and deliver gifts to families. We will also maintain last year’s online giving opportunity for those of you who prefer to support this ministry in this way. The following are ways you can be involved in this ministry and help these children.
Select your Angel(s)
Sunday, November 13, 20, 27
Select one or more angels from the Angel Tree in the narthex, registering your angel with a committee member (those of us with clipboards). This is how we track the gifts to the children. Use the gift suggestions on the paper angel to purchase gifts (new items).
Place Unwrapped Gifts Under Tree
By Sunday, December 4
Return the gifts ($20-$25 based on your angel’s wish list) unwrapped, or in an open gift bag, with the angel tag securely attached. Place gifts under the Angel Tree on or before Sunday, December 4.
Donations Towards Gift Cards (online)
Crossroads has committed to sponsor 75 children through the online method. Click here to select and support children in donations of $25.00 which will be used to purchase and send gift cards. Most of these children will be from other areas of the country who are rural and would otherwise not be able to receive gifts through this program.
Sunday, December 11
Come to the Gift-wrapping Party on December 11, after the 9:00 a.m. worship service to help wrap all 150 gifts in the Great Room.
Help Deliver Gifts
Between December 11-25
Help deliver gifts to the children’s homes in time for Christmas. Volunteers are needed to deliver all the gifts, so sign up by the Angel Tree starting Sunday, November 13.
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 and the hope that their parent still loves them is unforgettable.
This is a great ministry for individuals, couples, and families. Stop by the Angel Tree after church on the above-mentioned Sundays. And, if you haven’t before, please consider volunteering to help deliver gifts this year. It is extremely heartwarming to bring joy to these children and their families despite their extraordinarily tough circumstances.