A gift of hope and love for the children of prisoners
EIGHT THOUSAND GIFTS
On Christmas Day, up to 8000 children in Australia open a present from their father or mother who is not there with them – they are in prison.
Angel Tree is an international program of Prison Fellowship, which strengthens relationships between incarcerated parents and their children.
How does it work? Inmates nominate their child to receive a special Christmas gift. This is where you come in – Prison Fellowship then calls on supporters to donate gifts to be delivered to the homes of the children or given out at a prison Christmas party.
Could you support Angel Tree this year? Click below to donate, or contact your state office to get involved
George is a grandfather to 4 boys, and their mother, Liz, says all the boys are very close to Grandpa.
“He was there for them from their birth and looked after them each weekend, taking them on adventure activities.”
They grew up enjoying his company and revelled in his presence at their parties, and giving gifts at Christmas. But when George went to prison, the boys did not really understand why their loving grandfather needed to be punished and separated from them.
Prison Fellowship enabled the family Christmas tradition to continue. That first Christmas the boys opened their parcels, saying “Who is this from?” Liz says their eyes lit up when she said “They are from Grandpa!” They were very excited. It was also a relief for Grandpa to know he could still give them a present.
Family relationships were maintained, in spite of difficult times.