OneLife Church in Springfield, Missouri, was still excited about Christmas months after it ended—all because of Angel Tree.
The children were headed to the prison's gym where they would meet their incarcerated mothers for a day of fun and memory-making.
"It hardly seemed like the weather for thinking about Christmas, but even so, a crowd of men made their way over to our table to fill out Angel Tree applications."
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At nine years old, Desmond is already well aware of the troubles of the world. His prayers reflect how his father's incarceration has affected him: "I pray for Jesus to help me and my mom out with our house and food and bills," he shares.
For the past two summers, Ben Wade has worked as a counselor at Frontier Camp, a Christian camp in Grapeland, Texas. Most of the time, being a camp counselor is pretty straightforward. But the week that the Angel Tree® kids arrive is different.
Life at home was a nightmare for friends Paige and Macie. They desperately needed a refuge. They found support at Angel Tree Camping.
If you find yourself in the position of caring for children who have one or more parents in prison, you have experienced the impact of prison deeply. You may have your own feelings about the incarcerated person and the potential financial weight you might have to bear.