UNION — Fifty children have received Christmas gifts since this past Saturday thanks to the “angels” who answered the call of a Christian group that ministers to prison inmates.
In November, Prison Fellowship issued a statement asking for help “on behalf of children in Union County who have a parent in prison. Fifty children in Union County have been registered in Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree ministry. We need caring people who are willing to take the name of one of these children and buy presents for that one child.”
The announcement further stated that “through Prison Fellowship’s contacts in the prisons, inmates have an opportunity to arrange for Christmas presents to be given to their children. Each present, given in the name of the parent, with a personal greeting from the parent, carries with it a message far more precious than the present itself — ‘Your parent loves you, and so does God!’ We can hardly imagine the joy children feel when they know that the incarcerated parents have not forgotten them — and the joy the parents feel in being able to do this for their children. These gifts often lead to healing of family relationships, and even to members of the family coming to faith in Jesus Christ.”
To help provide those children with those presents, Prison Fellowship asked for people willing to volunteer to serve as “angels” through the Angel Tree ministry. Those angels would then be provided “with the name of one or more of these children. There will also be the age and suggestions for gifts from the parent in prison. Your part is to shop for the child. It is suggested that about $20 to $25 be spent on each child. It may be that a Sunday School class or youth group or other group in your church would ‘adopt’ a child.”
All the gifts were to be delivered by Dec. 6 for distribution at a party for the children receiving them.
That party was held this past Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Union and local Angel Tree volunteer Sanders Read said that there were gifts for all 50 children on the Angel Tree ministry list. He said the children on the list received their gifts either during the party or in the following days.
“All 50 children have received their gifts,” Read said Thursday. “The children and their caregivers enjoyed the party, the activities, and the refreshments served.”
Sanders thanked all the “angels” who volunteered to provide gifts to the children on the Angel Tree ministry’s list. He said that in giving the gifts to the children, the volunteers share in their joy.