An Angel Tree Christmas works by connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. In most cases, local churches deliver gifts and the Gospel to children in the name of their prisoner-parent. Many churches make an annual commitment to Angel Tree and recognize it as a way to connect children with their incarcerated parent. For those children who live in area where there is no nearby participating church, your gift goes directly to have their presents and the Gospel delivered right to their door.Angel Tree Christmas begins with you and the informed, enthusiastic support of pastors or other church leaders in individual congregations. Angel Tree provides church coordinators with a list of children to be served by that congregation. The coordinators contact the families of the children and arrange what gifts are to be purchased, and when they can be delivered. Volunteers choose the name of the children for whom they will be buying gifts.angel_tree.jpg

Using posters and bulletin inserts provided by Angel Tree, churches spread the word about Angel Tree Christmas to their congregations and solicit participation. Common volunteer job opportunities include calling child caregivers to verify gift wishes, setting up for Angel Tree Sunday, serving as table attendants to collect tracking cards and answer questions, wrapping and delivering gifts, and, of course, lifting the families up in prayer.

Once all the gifts have been purchased and wrapped, it's time to deliver the gifts directly to the families' homes or host a party at the church. Along with the gifts, volunteers share the good news of Jesus Christ with the children and their families. Angel Tree will provide you with several evangelism resources for this task.

Visit www.angeltree.org for more information.