Every child has a story. For 1.7 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness, and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison.
For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration. Through our affiliation with ALCF we seek to provide Christmas assistance for disadvantaged children and senior citizens. Through the Angel Tree program, donors can become personally involved because they are able to choose a specific child or senior to help.
Angel Tree Christmas works by connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. Every Christmas, we seek to brighten the lives of countless children by purchasing, wrapping and delivering gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parent—not only delivering a message of love from parent to child, but also the true meaning of Christmas—the good news of Jesus Christ.
How does it work?
Once Angels have been registered, Angel “tags” or ornaments are printed with that Angel’s name, age, gender, clothing sizes, shoe size, gift requests and a code number.
Companies and organizations can participate in our Corporate Angel Tree program and adopt Angels to hang on a tree at their workplace, school or church. After the Angels’ gifts have been purchased, they are returned to ALCF where they are sorted by their unique code numbers and distributed to the families.
How does someone become an Angel recipient?
Families in need can sign up for assistance at ALCF or they can register online. They must meet the federal minimum poverty guidelines to qualify. We serve children ranging in age from infants to 12 years old and seniors that are 62 and older. We strictly maintain the confidentiality of all program recipients.
What kind of gifts do you purchase for kids?
Not only do we purchase toys for kids we also want to meet felt needs. The winter season in general can be especially difficult for low-income families. Turning up the heat is not an option as many times they face the tough decision of whether to use already-stretched resources for rent, food or energy bills. Therefore we buy shoes, coats, sweat shirts, gloves, pants; even a warm blanket and new pillow can make all the difference….