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It has been such a joy to have the opportunity to partner with the Prison Fellowship Ministry every year for Angel Tree. For the past four years, we have provided and hand-delivered gifts to each child’s home on behalf of their incarcerated parent. We love being able to share a parent’s love, and help a child not feel forgotten during every holiday season.
We have over 60 children, and 34 families to serve!
If you would like to serve in this project, please check out the details below on how you can get involved:
Angels will be a available starting Sunday, November 22nd. Come to a TEAM STRONG workout to check out angels, or make special arrangement with Coach Kandice: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop and purchase a gift for your angel(s), bring the gift wrapped and with the name tag ornament (very important), to a TEAM STRONG workout by Thursday, December 10th. Each Angel ornament will contain the child’s age and gift idea. Each gift should be between $15-25. It is so important to securely attach the name tag to the gift so we know to whom it belongs.
We will meet, divide into teams, and hand-deliver the gifts to each child’s home on Sunday, December 13th, from 3-5pm. The logistics and maps will be provided. There will be no workout that night.
We appreciate each one of you for helping us pull off this huge project every year! Thank you!
November 2014: Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Low Country Food Bank. From November 2nd-25th, we brought canned goods and other non-perishable food items to the gym. We lifted up some serious pounds of food to the hungry this holiday season!
December 2014: Angel Tree Prison Fellowship Program. This is our second year working with this amazing organization. Learn more about the Prison Fellowship’s mission here.
We purchased and delivered gifts to 34 children in our community, on behalf of their incarcerated parent. It’s a great privilege to actually hand deliver the gifts to the children we served! This project holds a special place in all of our hearts.
June 2014: Volunteers gave their time to reconnect with the incarcerated fathers we served during the Angel Tree Project this past holiday season. We sent handwritten cards of encouragement to the fathers that won’t be able to spend Father’s day with their families. We hope in turn, they would allow us to serve them further, by sending their children cards/gifts and a message from their Dad. We want these children to feel the love of their father, surpassing the physical distance, and mistakes they’ve made. Unconditional love and forgiveness is so powerful. We hope to be the hands and feet of this connection once again. Thank you to those who served in this project.
On May 17th, the STRONG community got trashy….that is, we cleaned up the trash along our neighborhood streets, and recycled.
We are very thankful for our neighbors, PUSH Nutrition, jumping all in, and serving with us. It’s great to work together towards one common mission, on something bigger than ourselves.
TEAM STRONG served at the Run or Dye on December 14th, in Charleston, SC. For every volunteer at the event, $50 was donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.*
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.