Angel Tree is actually a prison ministry. The point is for an incarcerated parent to keep ties with their children through the kindness of a stranger. The stranger adopts an Angel and purchases gifts on the incarcerated parents behalf and then turns the gifts over to an Angel Tree coordinator who delivers the gifts to the children.
I've always been involved with Angel Tree on the buying end of the process. I purchased gifts and happily let someone else take care of getting the gifts to where they belong.
A few years ago our church had quite a bit of upheaval. Our pastor left and so did about half the congregation. It was a hard time. Many of our ministry projects which had been run by certain people for years were suddenly without leaders.
One that broke my heart was the Angel Tree program. We just couldn't stop doing this program. Those kids needed us! Their lives were greatly improved by this ministry. I put my big girl drawers on and volunteered to lead the charge.
Hubs and I have been steadily working at coordinating the program for several months now. We have called all of our families, gotten loads of presents from our wonderful church family, and now we are ready to deliver the presents.
Thankfully, I have loads of helpers to assist me in delivering all of those presents. Hubs, Little Bit and I are pairing up with another family to deliver gifts to a very Special Girl and her caregiver. I have talked with the caregiver several times on the phone. Each time was such a blessing to me. She is a sweet lady who has had surgery and lost her job because of it. She has so many things going on that would bring me to my knees but through all our conversations she has been nothing but positive.
The caregiver mentioned that her special girl isn't even expecting anything for Christmas this year. Special Girl knows that things are hard. I am so very blessed to be able to bring Christmas and the love of Jesus to Special Girl.
Programs like Angel Tree help to improve the life of children. I am honored to work with Disney's Champions for Kids program. That means that along with the gifts that my church family has blessed Special Girl with she is also going to get some super fun Disney themed goodies. I can't wait to hit Walmart and pick them out for her. We go to visit Special Girl on Sunday afternoon so be looking for my follow up post.
Want to know how you can help to change the lives of kids in your community? Check out the Champions For Kids website, Facebook page, and on Twitter.
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