This December, the folks at STRONG took on the role of covering the distance between incarcerated parents and their children. We worked with the Angel Tree Prison Fellowship Ministry, who provided us 19 kids to bless with gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parent. Angel Tree also supported us with an abundance of material for executing this service project, including resources to assist the caregivers and the children.
Starting December 5th, we hung angel ornaments on our Christmas tree at the gym, each ornament representing a child. Many of us chose to sponsor a child, by purchasing and wrapping a gift per the gift requests of their incarcerated parent. We had the opportunity to hand-write a special message from their parents on each gift, and hand-deliver the gifts to each child’s home on December 15th. We also followed-up with the inmates by writing and sending them Christmas cards, wishing them peace, and thanking them for giving us the opportunity to serve them and their children.
This humbling experience helped us to see the redeeming power and forgiveness Christ has for all of His children, and being able to reflect a parent’s love to children who have the burden of growing up without their parent. We are very thankful for all the work Angel Tree did to help us carry out this project smoothly and effectively, and we would like to thank all of those who have given, volunteered, and prayed for us in this serving opportunity.