I want to personally thank the volunteers and donors that participated in our 2011 Angel Tree Christmas program. Because of you, almost 400,000 prisoners’ children received a gift from their incarcerated parent and great hope through the Gospel.
That’s almost 400,000 children who feel closer to their absent mom or dad, closer to a local church, and closer to Jesus Christ!
Akeylah is one of the many precious angels whose Christmas was brightened by your generosity. At nine years old, she’s the youngest in her family of five. So she doesn’t remember any special moments with her dad before he went to prison.
But when friends like you invited her to an Angel Tree® Christmas party at a nearby church, Akeylah treasured that moment because she felt important to the father she’s only known as a prisoner.
“I got lots of presents from my dad, and it’s lots of fun!” she said.
“I don’t know how to describe it. I was really happy that I got something from him, and know that he’s ok,” she said. “I have a great time with my family.”
Akeylah is now learning to follow her Savior. “It’s important to never give up on [God],” she said. “Don’t doubt about anything. And read the Bible, go to church, and tell people how to become a Christian.”
Akeylah is one of countless children whose lives have been touched by your efforts. This new year, please keep these families in your prayers as they seek to renew their lives through the power of Jesus Christ.
You shared the true meaning of Christmas with so many who have never experienced the love of our Savior. So from the bottom of my heart to yours, thank you for serving the littlest victims of crime with your joyful and generous spirit!