Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship, a prison ministry organization, that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. In most cases, local church volunteers purchase and deliver gifts and the Gospel to children in the name of their prisoner-parent. Organizations and churches get Angel Tree tags, with gift ideas for children in need. They place the tags on a decorated tree during the holiday season after which people take the tags and purchase gifts for the child. The gifts are wrapped and brought back to the church and then delivered to the children.
Why Dexter UMC Helps Angel Tree
Angel Tree is a way Dexter UMC members are able to give something special to a child who might otherwise not receive such a gift. It helps families because the gifts are given to the children as gifts from their parent or parents who are unable to be with their children much due to incarceration. It provides a fellowship opportunity within the church as people volunteer to work on this program.
What You Need to Know
Dexter UMC starts its Angel Tree program right after Thanksgiving. The gifts should all be purchased by mid-December. The cost of Angel Tree Christmas is minimal— $15-$25 per gift for the child. Included with the children’s information, Prison Fellowship will provide a suggested gift type based on what the prisoner picked out using its gift guide. Some people who volunteer with the program could be asked to lift up to 30 pounds. For more information about the Dexter UMC Angel Tree program, contact Tom Bratton at firstname.lastname@example.org, 734.846.2900. Learn more about the Angel Tree program at Prison Fellowship.
It starts with a gift—but it leads to so much more. Keep sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with inmates’ children all year long!