(Updated 12/06/2016)

Every year, Prison Fellowship assists churches in ministering to the families of incarcerated parents through its Angel Tree program.  Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ, offering churches an opportunity to share Christ's love by serving the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.

December 6, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship

Teshauna experienced the impact that Angel Tree® has on families with incarcerated parents firsthand. Her father was in prison, and the experience was difficult for Teshauna and her family. But Angel Tree stepped in and helped.

“I think Angel Tree brought [our family] back together,” she says in this week’s Insider.

December 2, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship

The holiday season is a time when Americans reflect on our blessings. We spend time with our families and loved ones. Houses are decorated, presents wait under the tree, and tables are laden with delicious holiday food.

But for many, the holidays are not a joyous occasion.

November 30, 2016
Written by Emily Greene

For the bulk of the past 10 years, I’ve been on one side of Angel Tree®. As a writer for Prison Fellowship® on a national level, I get to hear and write about all of the amazing things that happen during December and beyond, as children and incarcerated parents around the country reconnect through gifts purchased and delivered by volunteers.

November 29, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler

As Christmas approached this year, the Welsh family began praying for a way to better serve others in their community. It will be the first Christmas without their patriarch, Ed Welsh, who passed away last February. Knowing the holidays would be difficult without Ed, the family decided that helping others might make the grief-filled time easier.

November 28, 2016
Written by Emily Greene

Happy Thanksgiving from Prison Fellowship®! We’ve pulled one of our favorite stories out of the archives for you today. This is the story of Leah. Around Thanksgiving last year, Leah’s father Joey was released from prison.  Check out what she did out of thankfulness for the love Angel Tree® volunteers showed her during her dad’s incarceration

November 24, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship

"Not too far from where I live there's a sign,” Joe Avila says as he begins his story. "And it says, 'Please do not drink and drive.' And then there's a smaller sign underneath that reads, ‘In honor of Amy Wall.'" Avila pauses briefly before speaking in a firm voice: "Amy Wall was a young lady that I killed in 1992 while driving drunk on the freeway."

It's a shocking statement, but Avila is calm.

November 23, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship

We never know when an act of mercy may not only be the right choice personally—it may even save a life. The following account, related to me by a young man serving time in a state prison, is one of the most remarkable examples of mercy and grace under pressure I’ve ever heard.

November 22, 2016
Written by Cindy Sanford