The Angel Tree program sounded too good to be true to Lisa. Would people in the free world really give Christmas presents to her son and daughter while she was incarcerated?
She signed Coleby and Cortnie up for Angel Tree with a small hope that her children would receive a gift that let them know she still loved them so much. She lost her children … her freedom … what more did she have to lose?
Months passed and she forgot about the promise that Angel Tree made to her. Christmas finally came and she called home to hear her children’s excited voices.
Coleby answered the phone. “Mom, I love you forever and ever!” he said. “Thanks for getting me what I wanted!”
“What do you mean, Coleby?” Lisa couldn’t believe it; Angel Tree really did keep its promise and delivered gifts and the Gospel to her precious children.
It was then and there that Lisa made a vow. When she completed her 10-year sentence, she would serve God and give back to Angel Tree.
Just like Angel Tree kept its promise, Lisa kept hers!
The church she attended when she was released asked for Angel Tree volunteers and Lisa’s hand shot up. “You don’t need to explain,” she told them. “I once was one of those incarcerated parents. I’ll do anything.”
Now, six years later, Lisa is her church’s coordinator for Angel Tree. Every Christmas she delivers God’s love to prisoners’ families in her area and helps to heal the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children!