The Angel Tree 2021 to Children
Dear friends, near and far, business and personal.... our team would like to share with you a story, even if seemingly hypothetical. We have decided to say NO to sadness and despair! We let marginalized children know that we are here for them and with a gift from dad and/or mom, we will help lift their spirits. Will YOU help us with a financial contribution to purchase these gifts? We will purchase, wrap and ship the gifts. Thank you so much!
So I guess I met an angel today. I've been feeling under the weather, my friends are laughing at me at school, my dad doesn't have time for me, my mom's in jail, my grandma's dead.... and I feel safest here in the sewer on our estate. But an angel did meet me today, a text message from my mom tinkled that a gift would be coming my way via some International Prison Fellowship. My mom hasn't forgotten me...and I guess other people are thinking of me too. I seem to be better today.....
We started having regular phone calls with my family and my kids called me mom for the first time. (incarcerated mother)
Did you know that there are about 40 thousand children in the Czech Republic who suffer harsh punishment caused by the mistakes of their parents? Their punishment is separation from their parent because of their incarceration.
We believe that each child deserves to experience a merry Christmas, so we run a program called The Angel Tree that offers help in families where the dad or mom are in prison. This project first started in 1981 in Birmingham, AL (USA) and has since spread into more than 70 countries all over the world.
Dozens of volunteers all across the Czech Republic unite their efforts (now for the Xth time) in a logistically varied and demanding project. The end product is Christmas gifts being delivered to more than a thousand children who have their mom or dad behind bars, according to what each child wants and with an attached letter from the parent who is in prison.
Join the rush to spread Christmas cheer and joy to families that need it the most.
Help us collect enough money for at least 800 gifts.
Gifts are always new, costing CZK 500 on average.
In 2020 we were able to deliver 1 355 gifts!
I would have never been able to give such a gift to my daughter and it made her so happy, she kept cuddling with it, now she takes her stuffed Little Mole to bed with her and says that she sleeps in bed with daddy. (incarcerated father)
You gave me courage to contact my family after several years and they’re soon coming for a visit. (incarcerated mother)