UNION COUNTY — A Christian group that ministers to prisoners is asking for “angels” to help some local children with parents in prison have a happy Christmas.
In a statement released Tuesday, Sanders Read, a volunteer with the “Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree” ministry, said that the group is seeking volunteers to help provide Christmas presents for these children.
“Help is needed on behalf of children in Union County who have a parent in prison,” Read said. “Forty-four children in Union County have been registered in Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree ministry. We need caring people who are willing to take the name of one of these children and buy presents for that one child.“
The statement describes Prison Fellowship as “one of the world’s best ministries to prisoners. They conduct Bible studies and witness and minister in various ways to inmates and their families.”
One of those ways is through the group’s Angel Tree ministry.
“Through Prison Fellowship’s contacts in the prisons, inmates have an opportunity to arrange for Christmas presents to be given to their children,” Read said. “Each present is given in the name of the parent, with a personal greeting from the parent. The present with the note from the parent conveys a message far more precious than the present itself — ‘Your parent loves you, and so does God.’
”We can hardly imagine the joy children feel when they know that the incarcerated parents have not forgotten them — and the joy the parents feel in being able to do this for their children,” he said. “These gifts often lead to healing of family relationships, and even to members of the family coming to faith in Jesus Christ.”
If a person would like to serve as one of the angels, the press release states that “the name of one or more of these children will be provided to you. There will also be the age and suggestions for gifts from the parent in prison. Your part is to shop for the child. It is suggested that about $20 to $25 be spent on each child. It may be that a Sunday School class or youth group or other group in your church would ‘adopt’ a child.”
Persons who want to serve as angels are asked to please contact Sanders Read at 864-441-2317, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. He will then provide you with more information.
Those interested in being angels are asked to please call or e-mail as soon as they can. Upon acceptance, angels will be given instructions on when and where to deliver the gifts. The gifts must be delivered by Friday, Dec. 8. They will be distributed at a party for the children on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Union Presbyterian Church, to which the angels will be invited.
“On behalf of the children and their parents, thank you very much,” Read said. “And may God bless you.“