Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree is an for opportunity for
offenders to provide Christmas gifts for their child while
Offenders are given an opportunity to sign up for the Angel Tree
through the Chaplain or Prison Fellowship volunteers usually during the months
of August, September, and October. Offenders provide the name, address, age,
gender of the children to ensure the child receives the appropriate gift. Additional the offender (parent) can write a note to the child on the
Local churches receive the application, purchase, wrap and
deliver the gifts with love on behalf of the incarcerated parent to the child,
and share the Gospel in the process.
This year 18,000 offenders registered 35,000 children for
Angel Tree. Next year Prison Fellowship would like to increase the number of
children to 50,000.
Additionally Prison Fellowship conducts in prison Christmas
Celebrations with child and incarcerated parents at the Carol Vance and Carol
Young units. This year 110 kids took part in the celebration at the Vance unit.
For more information on how to become involved...
It’s like Santa’s workshop in prison.
“I took away from my community for so long… doing things that I did. And now
I’m able to give back to a community,” Allen Watson, another inmate, said. Watch the KHOU 11 News video
Dear TDCJ Volunteer,
In a place where things are ever-changing, your
dedication is often a reassuring constant. Even when I can't count on
my own family to visit, I know I can count on seeing you each week.
You could go anywhere, do anything, but you choose to devote yourself to helping me. Sometimes you travel far from home, leaving your family behind for my sake.
I remember the time that I thought my unit program would end, but you stepped up so it could carry on. I remember when I was lonely and felt that all was hopeless, you came and showed me that somebody cares. You are the torchlight in a dark place, the smiling face that keeps me sane. In many ways, you've shown me the kindest treatment I've ever gotten. I am in awe because you do not have to make these kinds of sacrifices, yet you do because that's the kind of person you are. I can't help but visualize you as a beacon of charity giving that most precious of gifts...TIME.
Your actions speak of your goodness louder than any words could, but words are all that I can offer which is why I wrote this letter and drew this picture. If you don't know how much I appreciate the positive impact you've had on my life through your unwavering service, let it be said here and now...THANK YOU.