We experienced an amazing response to the St. Margaret’s Angel Tree Ministry this season. Most of the gift tags were taken from the tree the first Sunday they were available, and the remainder disappeared shortly thereafter.
Angel Tree is an outreach program of the Prison Fellowship Program. Each year at St. Margaret’s, we provide gifts to approximately 100 children in the Coachella Valley whose moms or dads are incarcerated. Each child has two tags on the tree–one for an item of clothing and one for something fun, such as a toy, game or art supplies–so each child receives two gifts for Christmas. According to Debby Jansma, we have served over 1600 children in our community over the 19 years that we have been involved with Angel Tree. In addition to the gifts, we also include a $50 grocery store gift card to help provide a Christmas dinner for the home.
The Angel Tree team consists of eight to ten volunteers who make phone calls to find out what each child wants for Christmas, prepare the tags for the tree and organize the gifts for distribution. And of course, there are many others who do the shopping and wrap the gifts.
Thank you to everyone who is participating in this wonderful opportunity to make a difference in a child’s Christmas. We remind you that gifts need to be returned by Monday, December 17. You can bring them with you to church this weekend or drop them off with Debby in the office.