Trinity is seeking volunteers to support its new neighborhood ministry, Angel Tree. One of the main programs of Angel Tree-Prison Fellowship Ministries is delivering Christmas gifts to children of inmates on behalf of the prisoner. When mom or dad is in prison, their children are often the silent sufferers. Angel Tree estimates that 1.7 million children have a parent in prison. Cuyahoga County alone has more than 600 children signed up for the Angel Tree-Prison Fellowship program that have not yet been assigned to a church. The program promotes reconciliation between those in prison and their families, especially the innocent children.
While the need in our area is great, Trinity has decided to focus its initial effort to 10 families representing 23 children in our neighborhood.
There are several ways you can become involved:
- Contact families of individuals with children who are in prison. These families are screened and the contact information provided by the national Angel Tree office.
- Help write gift tags on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
- Purchase Christmas gifts as requested by the prisoner and/or family member caring for the children. Most of these gifts are in the $15 – $20 range. The Angel Tree with gift tags will be in the piazza on Sunday, Nov. 25. Take as many gift tags as you like and return the gifts (unwrapped) either Sunday, Dec. 9 or Wednesday, Dec. 12. Donations of wrapping paper are also welcome.
- Assist with wrapping the gifts at a party on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m.-Noon at Trinity in Cathedral Hall.
- Make a monetary donation to be used to purchase Christmas gifts for the identified children.
- Help deliver the presents to the homes of the children on behalf of their incarcerated parent.
Anyone interested in volunteering, donating or learning more about this ministry is welcome to contact Trinity member Mark Moran or the Rev. Canon Will Mebane. Visit the Angel Tree-Prison Fellowship’s website to learn more about the national program.