Mission Statement:  The Angel Tree project is an act of love and caring by the members of our Catholic Church community.  It reaches across all boundaries and faiths to bring happiness and love to children,  The Angel Tree project, which is coordinated with the diocesan-wide program, provides Christmas Gifts and cheer for many needy children within the parishes area.

Volunteers assist with making paper angels, registering “angels” after Masses, collecting, sorting and delivery of gifts, and shopping.   The Angel Tree project is a seasonal program starting in November and running through mid-December.

In thanksgiving for God’s gift of the birth of His Son at Christmas, the Angel Tree Ministry, provide a service at Christmas in which others are given the opportunity to reach out to those in need. Gifts, chosen for age and gender appropriateness, are anonymously given and received in the spirit of Christian charity.   Our ministry strives to show by example the message in 1 John 4:11:   “Beloved, if God has loved us so, we must have the same love for one another
"Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. This unique program gives your church an opportunity to share Christ’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.

Angel Tree Christmas works by connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. Every Christmas, thousands of churches like yours help 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. Each October we receive the names of the children will be serving for the upcoming Christmas Season. There are several areas where you can help serve these children. You can

  • contact the families

  • purchase gifts

  • help with the Angel Tree Christmas party

  • deliver gifts

  • and share the Gospel

How can our church participate?

What you need to do is to set up a Christmas tree in your church and we will provide you paper angels to decorate it with. Each angel will have the name, age, sex, address, phone and guardian of a child of a Christian prisoner or ex-offender. You call the angel’s guardian and determine what range of gifts the children would like and then purchase and deliver them to the family’s home. It is in the home that the real ministry begins. This is an excellent opportunity for you to share the Gospel with the children and their guardian.

Another way is to have angel decorations that only have the age and gender of a child. What you do is have the members of your church take an angel and then buy a gift appropriate to the information on the angel and then return it to the tree. Have your youth group have a gift wrapping party and then bring the gifts to our gift distribution center the day before the party. We then give out the gifts to the children at our Christmas Party. These are the children and their needy friends that we couldn’t reach with a home visit.

 

How can our business participate?

Retail stores can set up a Christmas Tree in their store and we will provide you with paper angels with the age and gender of a needy child. You then have your shoppers take an angel and shop a gift for that angel in your store. When the gift is purchased from you, the shopper leaves the gift under the tree and then the day before our party, you bring the gifts to our gift distribution center. Offices can do the same with their employees and visitors. And of course, we are dependent on your generous gift to us so that we can afford this outreach.

How can our family participate?

We will provide your family with a family that is in need. You then can shop the gifts that your budget will allow and then bring the gifts out to the family and present the Gospel. Some volunteers have brought out a whole Christmas dinner, some have brought out a fully decorated Christmas tree, and others have given transportation, etc. This all depends on your financial ability to bless the family.

Another way is to have each of your children purchase a gift that they would like to receive and then come to our party and give that gift to a child of same age and gender. This teaches your child to be unselfish and unconditional. It can be quite a ministry to your family if you do this right.

And another way for your family to help is to volunteer for one of our Christmas parties.

 
 

Volunteer to help at our Christmas Party!

We have Christmas parties and all of the parties need volunteers to re-wrap the gifts, outside security, ushers, gift distributors, choirs.