- ...being a grandparent on a fixed income and suddenly you are caring for six children due to a parent being incarcerated.
Many Angel Tree caregivers are so thankful as they would not be able to provide gifts for the children for Christmas.
- ...being on a fixed income without funds to purchase basic necessities.
Last year we had one caregiver just ask for soap for the children in her care. How sad that the most important item for the children is soap! This year we have several caregivers that are asking for underclothing for the children as the items they need most.
- ...looking for extra work just to provide clothing for your grandchildren whose parent(s) are incarcerated.
Previously we had a grandmother, who is on a fixed income and caring for her grandchild. She wanted her granddaughter to have clothes for school and church, but had no income to provide additional items for the child. She asked if she could clean the church or peoples’ houses in exchange for church members buying more clothes for the child. In this case, our Angel Tree team collectively elected to sponsor that child and purchased a wardrobe for her.
EVERY CHILD HAS A STORY...
For 2.7 million children in the U.S., that story may be filled with the abandonment, loneliness and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration. Angel Tree®, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ. (Learn more at PrisonFellowship.org.)
Shandon Baptist Church is privileged to participate in "Angel Tree Christmas" once again this year. Through the generous donations from our church members, we can assist these children with gifts for Christmas and also provide a holiday meal for the family. This year we have the opportunity to serve 96 families/200 children.
Says Angel Tree Coordinator, Lucille Heydt:
"I can’t tell you how many people each year give us hugs and thank us for the food and gifts. It is such a heart-rending event where we feel truly blessed to be able to participate in this program and assist these children. They often will not admit to their peers that their parent is incarcerated as they are ashamed of this. It just tears your heart when we talk to some of these caregivers and hear their stories and they appreciate any help they receive."
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
SPONSOR AN ANGEL
"Angel" forms with children's names and a brief description of age, gender and gift ideas for a clothing or toy item are available at the Angel Tree Christmas tree in the Gathering Place on Sundays, November 20 through December 4. Select an Angel, purchase the gift and return the wrapped item to the church by December 4.
SPONSOR A HOLIDAY MEAL
Purchase a gift card from a local grocery store, which will be used to provide a holiday meal for the caregivers and children. Stop by the Angel Tree Christmas tree in the Gathering Place on Sundays, November 20 through December 4 to participate.
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Help with the party
Thursday, December 15 | 6-8pm
The Angel Tree Part will be on Thursday, December 15 from 6-8pm in the gym. Serve food, greet, help children with crafts and games, be a table host or help with gifts! There are opportunities to donate as little as 15 minutes of your time or as much time as you would like to give. Every minute is truly appreciated!
Help with present pick-up
Friday, December 16 | 9am-1pm & 1pm-5pm
Some families are unable to attend the party, but they may be able to come by the church to pick up their gifts. Volunteers are needed on Friday, December 16 from 9am-1pm and from 1pm-5pm to hand out gifts to the families.
Help with present delivery
This is your opportunity to play Santa! For those unable to attend the party or pick up their gifts, we'll deliver them between December 16 and December 23. Gifts for delivery can be picked up on Friday, December 16 at 5pm.