It Starts with a Gift, but It’s So Much More!
Angel Tree is a Prison Fellowship program that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. In most cases, local church volunteers purchase and deliver gifts and the Gospel to children in the name of their prisoner-parent.
Many churches make an annual commitment to this highly rewarding program, and recognize it as a way to care for some of the most overlooked members of our communities.
Angel Tree Christmas begins when a church member registers their church for the program with the support of their pastor or other church leader(s). Once a church is registered, the process works like this:
- Receive Angel Tree Names: Sometime in the fall, Angel Tree coordinators will receive the names of children who were signed-up by their mom or dad in prison.
- Display Angel Tree Name Tags: Name tags of these children and gift suggestions are displayed in your church.
- Angel Tree Announcement: Church members need to be notified of the program —bulletin, pulpit announcement, bulletin board, etc.—and invited to select names from the Angel Tree display.
- Gift purchase and delivery: Church members purchase, wrap, and deliver a gift for each child on behalf of his or her incarcerated parent—and in the process, share the Gospel.
The cost of Angel Tree Christmas is minimal, approximately $20 per child reached. When we send you the children’s names, we will include a suggestion for a toy type that the prisoner picked out using our gift guide. You will confirm with the child’s caregiver that this would be a good gift for the child. This is simply a minimum requirement and churches/volunteers may purchase gift(s) as they are led and see fit.
Each gift must be new and valued at $15-25.
Ready for the life-changing adventure of Angel Tree Christmas? Please complete the church registration form or call us at 1-800-55-ANGEL if you have questions. When we receive your registration, we’ll send you our Quickstart Kit, video, and everything else you need to get started.