Appeal for Christmas gifts for children of prisoners
Every year Prison Fellowship, which locally supports HMP Norwich with prayer and practical help, run their Angel Tree project which gives parents in prison the opportunity to send a Christmas present to their child.
More than 300,000 children in England and Wales have a parent in prison and 7% of all children will experience their father’s imprisonment before they leave school. This year, because of Covid, many of these children will not have seen their parent for many months.
Every year Prison Fellowship, which locally supports HMP Norwich with prayer and practical help, run their Angel Tree project which gives parents in prison the opportunity to send a Christmas present to their child. Last year 4,400 children received gifts through Angel Tree!
Christmas is especially difficult for prisoners and their children. Angel Tree lessens the devastation experienced as a result of parental absence by not only helping families connect and build relationships, but by providing children with much-needed joy.
Prison Fellowship volunteers work with prison chaplains and local churches to buy, wrap and deliver the presents. As long as prisoners are allowed access to their children, they are given the opportunity to apply for a gift to be sent to them.
Each gift is dispatched as though it is from the parent in prison and is accompanied by a personal message written by the parent for their child to make the gift extra special. The parent is also given the option of including an age-appropriate Christian story book in their child’s gift.
“I can’t tell you in words how much my kids are happy. I can only say from my heart, you didn’t send gifts, you sent happiness and smiles.”
– A Dad in prison
If you or your church would like to bring a little joy into a prisoner’s family this Christmas, perhaps you would consider sponsoring a gift or making a donation? It costs £20 per present including postage. If you would like to purchase a present or make a donation please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
To find out more about Angel Tree please go to https://prisonfellowship.org.uk/our-work/angel-tree/