Angel Tree Christmas
Maintaining a connection between an offender and their children is crucial. Angel Tree Christmas offers the chance for offenders to give a gift to their children and to let them know that they aren’t forgotten.
Angel Tree Christmas, is a program of Prison Fellowship that partners with local church communities to reach out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Jesus.
Children of prisoners are often forgotten and silent victims of crime. Children experience feelings of abandonment, loneliness and shame from having a mom or dad in prison. Maintaining a connection between an inmate and their children is crucial in positive social and emotional development.
Churches and volunteers who are willing participate by registering with PFC online and then purchasing and delivering gifts (one per child, max. $30) on behalf of the inmate.
Approved applications from prisoners are matched with local area sponsors who volunteer to purchase, wrap and deliver a gift to the prisoner’s child on his/her behalf. These sponsors are also strongly encouraged to build relationships with the prisoner’s family by inviting them to community events or local church services. Many churches make an annual commitment as it provides a rewarding opportunity to care for some of the most overlooked members in our communities.
In 2017, we received applications for over 3,300 children across Canada to receive a gift through Angel Tree Christmas.
Here is what inmates are telling us about the impact of this program:
“Thank you for your kindness. This is a very difficult time for my daughter and I. She suffers even though she did no wrong. Thank you for helping make her Christmas special. You have no idea how much it means to me- and I’m sure to her as well.”
“Thank you so very much for the Angel Tree Christmas program. You have lifted many of our spirits and I much appreciate your generosity during this time of the year. At this time of the year, we are in a dark place but you have given us some light to look towards. I am forever grateful and so are my children.”
“Thank you so much! This honestly means the world to me. What you do for us and for our children is amazing. I didn’t really have a way to get something under the tree for my son this year, and now, thanks to you, he’ll have something with my name on it.”