Every $22 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.
"Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree is a life-changing experience—for everyone involved."
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 now through October.
Your donation will help deliver a gift and the Gospel to a child on behalf of their parent who is in prison.
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 $22 you give will help deliver a gift and the Gospel to TWO children of prisoners.
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.
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 she 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
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.”
Dulce needed hope desperately. “I was giving my mon 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.
Janise's story: Her only hope for Christmas was someone like you
Janise was only 2 years old when her father went to prison. And she missed him. Desperately. But one day, when Janise was a 4th grader, her mom brought home a special package. It was full of Christmas gifts for Janise from her dad. "I didn't even know that other people bought the presents," Janise recalls. But she knew that her dad had not forgotten her.
Today you would hardly believe Janise is the same shy little girl whose only hope for Christmas that year was someone like you. She got involved with a great church, grew strong in her faith, and worked hard to get a good education. After graduating from high school, Janise enrolled in the pharmacy program at a college near her home. She's overcoming the odds that defeat so many prisoners' children.
With your help today, Angel Tree can reach many more kids like her this Christmas.
Michelle's story: Angel Tree changed her children's lives
Christmas was coming, but Michelle and her kids didn't dare expect much. "I was in a really bad place," she explains. "My husband was incarcerated. I was a single mother."
There was no Christmas tree, no presents, and not a single holiday decoration to be found in Michelle's home. But one day, her 6-year-old son told his teacher that his daddy was in jail. That teacher happened to attend a church that helped with Angel Tree each year.
A few days later, volunteers from that church delivered Christmas gifts.
Michelle will always remember the look on her kids' faces when they saw their gifts. "They're from our daddy! They're from our daddy. How did he do that?" the children exclaimed. Michell says, "God came down through Angel Tree and changed our lives forever."
That's the beauty of Angel Tree. You may never know whose life you will change, but you will know that you've changed lives.
Please help change lives this Christmas through your gift to Angel Tree today.
Share in the 38-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 11 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.
Make a difference for eternity TODAY
"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 Restoration Partners, you will help share the love of Jesus with prisoners’ children and provide ongoing opportunities for these kids.