Angel Tree

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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“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.”

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How Is Angel Tree Different From Other Programs? - Prison Fellowship

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.

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Angel Tree Camping Helped Zackarie Find the Path to Success

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.

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Reap the Whirlwind: How Kenny Dobbs Learned to Soar

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.

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Student-Led Helping Hands Club Aims to Help Society’s Most Vulnerable

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.

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"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.”

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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.

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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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Responding to the Impact of Incarceration on Families

Before she ever saw the lush beauty of an Oregon campground, Lucy had seen things no child should experience. Angel Tree Camping showed her she wasn’t alone. Her mom says, “She walked out of there a totally different person.”

prisonfellowship.org Camp gave Lucy a place to belong. Meeting other children of incarcerated parents helped Lucy realize that she wasn’t alone.

“I just want to thank you so much for putting gifts under the tree from my grandchildren’s mother. She was incarcerated three years ago, and this is the second year you have done this. When they say it takes a village to raise a child, I am so glad you are involved. As a single grandpa raising them it is hard to find time and money to surprise them. The gifts you chose were perfect and I hope helped the bond they have with their mother. The impact of this ministry is far-reaching and I hope that one day when this is settled I can assist in your mission.” How can you help this year? Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Zmp9KC

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Watch this video to find out how your church, group, or business can deliver an Angel Tree gift and the Gospel to prisoners’ children this Christmas! If you have questions after watching the video, please type them in the comments and we’ll answer them during this video’s premiere.

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Every year, Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, mobilizes local churches and organizations to minister to hundreds of thousands of children by delivering a gift, the Gospel message, and a personal note of love on behalf of their mom or dad behind bars. Because of COVID-19, we were unable to hold Angel Tree sign-up events in prison. Instead, we delivered applications to parents in prison through chaplains and our Inside Journal newspaper, and we still aim to serve over 300,000 children of incarcerated parents.

However, the number of churches and groups signing up to serve Angel Tree children is behind schedule.

This Christmas, we are counting on you to share Jesus’ love in a tangible way. A simple gift can have a lasting impact on incarcerated parents and their families. Visit our website for more information: https://bit.ly/3k7HCTv

Share Jesus’ love in a tangible way this Christmas with Angel Tree!

Watch this video to find out how your church, group, or business can deliver an Angel Tree gift and the Gospel to prisoners’ children this Christmas! If you have questions after watching the video, please type them in the comments and we’ll answer them during this video’s premiere.

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Every year, Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, mobilizes local churches and organizations to minister to hundreds of thousands of children by delivering a gift, the Gospel message, and a personal note of love on behalf of their mom or dad behind bars. Because of COVID-19, we were unable to hold Angel Tree sign-up events in prison. Instead, we delivered applications to parents in prison through chaplains and our Inside Journal newspaper, and we still aim to serve over 300,000 children of incarcerated parents.

However, the number of churches and groups signing up to serve Angel Tree children is behind schedule.

This Christmas, we are counting on you to share Jesus’ love in a tangible way. A simple gift can have a lasting impact on incarcerated parents and their families. Visit our website for more information: https://bit.ly/3k7HCTv

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On Labor Day weekend Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree Program partnered with Adopt-a-Cop Nevada and several police departments for their Bowling With Blue Day. “It's a beautiful thing to see these officers come out and work with these kids. It's an opportunity for [these kids] to experience hope, and to get inside a bowling alley and have some fun,” said James Ackerman, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship.

“There is no way for me to articulate how thankful I am for the Angel Tree program and churches like you that participate. This program is one of the few opportunities I have to vicariously connect with my children. All of us fathers wait with anticipation for the forms to arrive in the chapel. It results in a lot of discussion and reminiscence about our families. The program also brings men into the chapel and exposes them to Christian love in a time of great trial and pain in their lives. Even men who live lives full of hate can’t help but to be touched by this compassion.”

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Advice for Incarcerated Parents: 4 Ways to Help Your Child Learn

Parents play a unique and irreplaceable role in their children’s lives. So how can incarcerated parents still actively fill that role from behind bars?

prisonfellowship.org Parents play a unique and irreplaceable role in their children’s lives. So how can incarcerated parents still actively fill that role from behind bars?

On Labor Day weekend, Angel Tree partnered with Adopt-a-Cop Nevada for their Bowling With Blue Day in Las Vegas. Approximately 60 children and 30 police officers participated. Here are a couple photos and a video from the event -- more to come on this!

“I’ll never be able to thank you enough for what you did. This is the third Christmas away from their dad. When they saw his name on the gifts, their faces lit up. … They needed that connection with their dad. Thank you.”

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How Kevin Curbed the Cycle of Incarceration in His Family

Grief colored Kevin's childhood. His biological father passed away when he was almost 8. His biological mother died one month before his 9th birthday. Jose, his adoptive father, died when he was 12. But in the darkness, two reliable sources of light shone in Kevin's life: Mayra and Prison Fellowship Angel Tree.

prisonfellowship.org Born on Rikers Island, Kevin faced an uncertain future. When Mayra adopted him, he was able to break the cycle of incarceration.

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We can't say thank you enough to individual supporters, church support, and Angel Tree Ministry for providing scholarships for kids to attend Camp ALACCA this summer!

“Imagine, I only interacted with them once. And it had such a huge impact. Giving to Angel Tree is life-changing. They are planting that seed. Maybe at that moment they don’t realize it, but they could be an answer to prayer. A desperate caregiver could have said, ‘God, I didn’t envision my life this way. I didn’t ask to be a single parent.’ But then Angel Tree is God’s answer to her prayer.”

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Prisoners Give Back: Oregon Men Make a Difference for Children

A group of men inside an Oregon prison hosted a barbeque, a walkathon, and fundraising booths to raise money for Angel Tree, Prison Fellowship's program that helps ensure that children of incarcerated parents receive a special Christmas gift and note from their parent. "When you do something to help others, it's giving back to the community, and it's a really, really positive thing. … It's helping guys realize, ‘I can do something good.'"

prisonfellowship.org A group of men inside an Oregon prison hosted a barbeque, a walkathon, and fundraising booths to raise money for Angel Tree.

“From the bottom of my heart, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for your love, the love you show to our children, to my child, I am so grateful to you for making my daughter feel loved and welcomed, and more so for being examples of God's love for us, for her, for me. By loving her, you have shown me love. By caring for her, you have cared for me as well.”

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The final two of ten videos of the Angel Tree Sports Virtual Basketball Clinic with Kenny Dobbs are now available to watch on our Angel Tree YouTube channel! Put your footwork skills to the test, and hear how everything changed when Kenny left his life of crime and turned to Jesus. Don’t forget, post videos of your children doing the drills on Facebook (tag our page @pfministries) and Instagram (tag @prisonfellowship) and use the hashtags #ATSportsChallenge and #AngelTree. We may share the best videos on our social media accounts! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs3t4cXU9_0vOSybtd_UMRQ/

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

“Could Angel Tree be real? Would strangers really go out and spend their own money to buy Christmas gifts for children? Or was it just another prison scam?”

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?

“A lot of Angel Tree kids come from really bad memories and relationships. They're coming to camp broken, and they're leaving with love and healing.”

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Videos 7 and 8 of the Virtual Basketball Angel Tree Sports Clinic with Kenny Dobbs are live on our YouTube channel for you and your children to enjoy! Kenny shows how to combine dribbles and master some footwork as you practice. And don’t forget, post videos of your children doing the drills on Facebook (tag our page @pfministries) and Instagram (tag @prisonfellowship) and use the hashtags #ATSportsChallenge and #AngelTree. We may share the best videos on our social media accounts! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs3t4cXU9_0vOSybtd_UMRQ/

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A Touchy Subject: Growing Up with an Incarcerated Father

"My heart opened, my guard crumbled down, and I was just completely open to Jesus' healing."

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?

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Hey basketball fans! Angel Tree Sports Clinic and Kenny Dobbs, international slam dunk champion, are partnering to bring Virtual Basketball Clinic videos to your kids. Two new sessions now available. This week it’s all about footwork! We’ll post two videos per week—be sure to subscribe to our channel and watch Sessions 1-6 here: https://bit.ly/2Zxw9Fg

PS Don’t forget, post videos of your children doing the drills on Facebook (tag our page @pfministries) and Instagram (tag @prisonfellowship) and use the hashtags #ATSportsChallenge and #AngelTree. We may share the best videos on our social media accounts!

"Angel Tree helped mend our relationship because every time she signed us up, she made me know she wasn't just thinking about herself that holiday. She was thinking about us, too. It made me feel loved and cared for."

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Business as Usual: Serving Time for Tax Evasion Restored Michelle

“My son led me to that close, personal relationship [with Jesus Christ], and it was all due to him receiving that Angel Tree gift.”

prisonfellowship.org Legal troubles were part of Michelle’s family legacy, so when her boss asked for her “help” with the company’s taxes, it just seemed par for the course.

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Tips to Support Children When a Parent is in Prison

From the American Academy of Pediatrics and KidsMates, here are some suggestions for caregivers of children with incarcerated parents.

healthychildren.org The AAP recognizes having a parent in prison as an adverse childhood experience, a childhood trauma that can lead to poor health and wellbeing as an adult. Some children may also witness their parent’s arrest and other stressful events beyond incarceration, such as a trial and sentencing. Yet, the...

"Thank you so much, Angel Tree … for not only changing my life, but changing all these other kids' lives and bringing a broken community together and making it whole."

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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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