Every $20 can change a child's life forever
When Christmas comes, prisoners' children often wonder, Does my mommy or daddy still love me? Do they even remember me anymore?
Your generosity today will give lonely prisoners’ children a Christmas to remember. You’ll help deliver a gift, the Gospel, and a note from their incarcerated parent—and your gift will be doubled by a matching grant.
About Angel Tree
Angel Tree is a Prison Fellowship program that gives parents behind bars a way to restore and strengthen relationships with their children through a tangible experience of God’s love—especially at Christmas.
Here’s how it works:
A mom or dad behind bars asks for help to give Christmas to their kids. Thousands of incarcerated parents are signing up their children right now.
Prisoners' kids will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel at Angel Tree camp thanks to scholarships from donors like you.
Every single Angel Tree family will have the opportunity to receive a full-text Bible in English or Spanish.
Children come to know Christ, prisoners’ hearts are opened to the Gospel, and families are restored!
“This week at camp has been awesome, and I hope I can come back next year!”
“It’s a really cool experience to come to a place where you can have fun but learn about God at the same time.”
“Every year, I would receive a gift from Angel Tree,” she says, “and that was what brought hope to me.”
“I really feel like I’ve come full circle. And I’m super grateful to Angel Tree for setting me on this path.”
MATCHING GRANT DOUBLES YOUR GIFT!
Through the power of the match, each $20 you give will help deliver a gift and the Gospel to TWO children of prisoners.
Aylen’s story: This little boy has hope again
Aylen is beaming as he slips into the bright orange fireman’s jacket he got for Christmas last year. “I wear it and it reminds me of my dad,” he says.
“I miss my dad,” he adds sadly. But because of you, there is still a smile on his face.
Because of you, Aylen knows his dad loves him. Although his dad went to prison when Aylen was small, the prison walls that separate them are no longer an obstacle. Because someone like you provided gifts for them through Angel Tree, Aylen and his brother know there will be gifts from their dad when Christmas comes.
Because of that someone, Aylen knows that his dad loves him. Because of that someone, he has hope again.
Because of that someone, Aylen knows his dad loves him. The prison walls that separate them are no longer an obstacle. Because someone cared, Aylen and his brother know there will be gifts from their dad when Christmas comes.
Because of Angel Tree and friends like you, Aylen even got a special treat on his birthday last year—a trip to the local fire station and dinner with the firefighters.
But a lot of other prisoners' kids like Aylen still need your help. Will you reach out to them today?
You can keep these kids connected to the parent they love. You can make it clear that they have not been forgotten. Most important, you can make sure they’ll hear the Gospel. Thank you!
Kenny’s story: Giving hope to kids who are hurting
He’s big. Tough. And strong. To look at him today, you would never imagine that Kenny was once a scared little boy whose daddy had been sent to prison. But it’s true. Kenny Clark, now an NFL star and defensive lineman with the Green Bay Packers, was that boy. And he still remembers the day that his dad went away like it was yesterday.
“When my dad left, it was definitely a hard time—a struggle for me and my family,” Kenny admits. He was the oldest of four children. It felt like the weight of the world had been placed on his shoulders.
But that all changed one Christmas because of Angel Tree.
When the volunteers showed up at her door, their arms loaded with Christmas presents, Kenny's mom Nicole says, “I just cried. Yes, my children still had Christmas, but I was going through some things. Then you guys came in,” she recalls.
“Dad was still gone,” Kenny remembers, “but Angel Tree definitely helped out with softening the blow.”
They faced an uphill battle, but Nicole was determined that her kids would be successful. “I just kept my kids in church every week. And in sports. And it worked,” she says. “And a lot of prayer.”
Every Christmas, for nearly a decade, there were gifts from dad under the tree because people like you helped provide them through Angel Tree.
Kenny will always remember that. “Angel Tree is near and dear to my heart,” he says. “I'm just thankful to have a relationship with them.”
Because you reached out to him, he's stepping up for a new generation of kids with incarcerated parents.
This summer, Kenny and some of his pro football friends hosted a football clinic at his hometown high school in Rialto, California, and invited Angel Tree kids. He says he’s thankful for the opportunity to help give hope to kids who are hurting. He knows how they feel. He was one of them.
Trinity's story: It felt like her dad was there!
When Trinity's daddy went to prison, life got hard in a hurry. "It wasn't just him that went to jail. I kind of feel like we all did," her mom says.
What you did for Trinity was nothing short of a Christmas miracle.
"She loves her daddy so much it's crazy," Trinity's mom says. "She has this blanket from him that she's carried around for years. She carries it everywhere. She sleeps with it at night."
When her dad went to prison little Trinity was crushed. She didn't really understand what had happened, but it was obvious she was heartbroken.
But then, one Christmas, Angel Tree delivered presents for Trinity on behalf of her dad.
"It really felt like her dad was there almost, even though he wasn't," Trinity's mom remembers." Trinity loved the Barbie dolls, clothes, and boots she received.
But the best gift of all was her children's Bible. Trinity and her mom read that Bible together a lot now. And Trinity prays for her dad every day.
Her voice is so sweet and innocent—"God, I know that my daddy is not always there, but I know his love is always there."
Will you help reach another child like her this Christmas?
Dulce's story: The gift that brought hope
Dulce was just a little child when her father went to prison.
"I was really confused," she remembers. A totally normal response for a small child in this difficult moment. She was just a kid, after all, and she missed her daddy.
Growing up with her father in prison was hard on Dulce.
“He missed the most important days of my life,” she recalls. But even in the worst times, there was one bright spot in Dulce’s life. “Every year, I would receive a gift from Angel Tree, and that was what brought hope to me.”
And Dulce needed hope desperately. Not having a father in the home was a difficult reality for Dulce as she got older.
“I was giving my mom a really hard time in those years,” she admits. Arrested at age 15, she could easily have ended up in prison, just like her dad did.
But God answered her mother’s prayers.
With God’s help and a lot of encouragement, Dulce turned her life around. She studied hard, graduated from high school with honors, and recently finished her college degree.
She has a bright future, but she might have had no future if it hadn’t been for people like you.
Will you please take a moment right now to give an Angel Tree Christmas to a child like Dulce?
Share in the 36-year legacy of pointing children to jesus
2.7 million American children have a parent in prison—that’s one in every elementary school classroom. Some are so young that they don’t even understand why mom or dad is gone. These kids are often sad, lonely, and desperate to feel loved. We’ve got to reach them, and Angel Tree can.
Since 1982, when a former prisoner named Mary Kay Beard started Angel Tree, caring friends like you have delivered more than 10 million gifts to girls and boys with a mom or dad in prison.
With each gift we deliver, we also share the Gospel. And this year, many Angel Tree families will receive their very own, full-text children’s Bible and a colorful Christmas storybook that tells the story of Jesus’ birth in simple language that even a young child can understand.
But we depend on people like you to make it all possible.Double My Gift
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"It started with a gift and it changed my life."
—Justice, an Angel Tree child
Other ways to get involved
James 5:16 reminds us that, "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" (NIV). And the faithful friends who pray for prisoners’ children are also an essential part of Angel Tree.
You’ll help give an Angel Tree Christmas to even more prisoners’ children. Your friends and family will experience the joy of changing lives too.
When you join Angel Tree Every Day, you will help share the love of Jesus with prisoners’ children and provide ongoing opportunities for these kids.