November 11, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Jim Forbes, Prison Fellowship
Washington, D.C.—Prison Fellowship,® the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, is urging residents, churches, and other organizations in the Charlotte area to help sponsor area children of incarcerated parents in the Greater Charlotte area in Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree® program.
Three counties needing the most support are Mecklenburg, Gaston, and Cabarrus.
If you would like more information on how you can sponsor an Angel Tree child in your area or would like to help in other ways, contact our Angel Tree hotline at:
“Angel Tree is a Prison Fellowship program that serves incarcerated parents by giving them a pathway to restore and strengthen relationships with their children and families,” said James Ackerman, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship. “Every Christmas, Angel Tree mobilizes local churches and organizations to minister to hundreds of thousands of children by delivering a gift, the Gospel message, and a personal message of love on behalf of their mom or dad behind bars. In addition, many of our partner churches meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of prisoners’ families through year-round ministry such as summer camps and mentoring.”
Angel Tree: Helping Families of Those Incarcerated
- Through no fault of their own, 2.7 million children in our country will have a mom or dad behind bars this Christmas. That’s one in every 28 American children.
- Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program serves incarcerated parents by strengthening and restoring their relationships with their kids and families. It is the only nationwide, year-round program that reaches out exclusively to children who have a parent in prison.
- Though Angel Tree is a year-round program, we are particularly well known for our support of families at Christmas time.
- Since Angel Tree’s creation in 1982, volunteers across American have given more than 10 million gifts have been given to children on behalf of their incarcerated parents.
- Through this program, we expect to reach nearly 300,000 kids this year.
About Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship is the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading voice for criminal justice reform. With more than 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.