Making a difference in the life of children with incarcerated parents.
Angel Tree allows us to share the love of God with hundreds of local children who have a mom or dad in prison, who can often to be filled with feelings of abandonment, loneliness, and shame.
The Angel Tree program begins when a prisoner registers with their prison chaplain. Our church then receives a list of families and, through the generosity of our congregation, each child is provided with two gifts – a clothing item and a “fun” item. The gifts are given on behalf of the incarcerated parent at a breakfast party hosted here at VC.
Angel Tree is a partnership with Prison Fellowship, which was founded in 1982 by an ex-prisoner who witnessed firsthand the strained relationship between prisoners and their children and has grown to become the largest national outreach specifically for the children of prisoners.
Guest families will be coming the morning of Saturday, December 9 to a festive atmosphere. The families and caregivers will receive their gifts to take home.
Last year 200+ VC donors and volunteers provided 328 children with gifts and breakfast.
Donate gifts. Pick an “Angel” off the tree in the lobby (or request one online), purchase the gift requested and drop it back off in the lobby or church office. Gifts must be returned unwrapped by Sunday, December 3.
Volunteer by wrapping gifts on Wednesday Dec 6 starting at 6:30 PM.
Volunteer at the Christmas Party on Saturday, December 9. Volunteers arive at 7:30 AM to set up, help with games and activities, greeting and praying for attendees, and clean up.
Our campus is at 63 Ave and Peoria Ave in Glendale, a short drive from anywhere in Phoenix and Peoria.