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 reveled in his presence at their parties, and giving gifts at Christmas. 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.

On Christmas Day, thousands of children in Australia open a present from their father or mother or grandparent who is not there – they are in prison. If it weren’t for Angel Tree, these children would miss out on a gift from their missing relative. This is an international program of Prison Fellowship through which incarcerated relatives can nominate their children by supplying name, age, gender, carer’s contact details and, if possible, the interests of the children.

Prison Fellowship then calls on supporters and friends to donate gifts, or money to buy gifts. These are then delivered to the homes of the children or given out at a prison Christmas party.

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Can you be part of Angel Tree this year?   Can you help families keep the connection alive, despite an imprisoned relative?

Donate here or contact your State office to give gifts.