Every year, Prison Fellowship® assists churches in ministering to the families of incarcerated parents through its Angel Tree program. Angel Tree serves incarcerated parents by providing a pathway for strengthening and restoring their relationships with their children and families. Founded in 1982 by Mary Kay Beard—a former prisoner who witnessed firsthand the deep need for connection between prisoners and their children—Angel Tree has grown to become the largest national program serving some of the 2.7 million children of prisoners.
For Nathaniel, whose mom was behind bars in Arizona, Angel Tree changed everything: "It felt really good to have that gift from [Mom]. The best thing was knowing she was doing well, and knowing she was alive. I got so worried sometimes. I didn't always know how she was doing. I wondered if she was OK. … [Angel Tree] is my most special Christmas memory."
Prison Fellowship mobilizes local churches and community organizations to give hundreds of thousands of children like Nathaniel a gift, the Gospel message, and a personal message of love on behalf of their incarcerated parent. Thousands of children have benefited from the love of Christ through the Angel Tree program, but we still have many in need.
Use our interactive map to find the counties with the largest number of Angel Tree children not yet assigned to a church. Register your church to help your local community or branch out and help the children in a neighboring county or state.