Sponser a Family, and be a tangible expression of God’s presence & love to a those in need.
For the past 7 years, we've partnered with local churches and chaplains to provide Christmas presents to the children of moms at the Chester County Prison. Each year, we marvel at the way God moves and works in the hearts of our Angel Tree families and our sponsors who step out in faith! It's grown beyond merely buying gifts to supplying each home with God's Word in a format kids understand. And beyond that, to moments of empathy and deeper connection, such as... sponsors coming together to help a family have a Christmas tree, a special meal and heat for their home... a sponser taking an exhausted caregiver out for lunch to encourage her and continuing that friendship... parents including their kids in the process, teaching them the blessing of giving and seeing beyond themselves... We could go on and on! 2022 marks our eighth year, and we are so excited to see how God is going move and work yet again!
Our version of Angel Tree differs in many ways from the national versions. For starters, it's at a county level where the prison population is constantly in flux. Because of this, we wait as long as possible to gather our information from the moms who participate. We then ask sponsors to sign up for a sibling group (family), instead of one child. This allows for a much more personal experience, which is something we deeply value and encourage. Our Sponsors are the ones who contact the child/children's caregiver to find out what to buy, and when possible, they also deliver the gifts. Additionally, we provide our sponsors with Children's Bibles for their families to ensure that God's Word is present in an approachable way in every home. And finally, we come full circle, encouraging our sponsors to write to the Angel Tree moms still in prison with Christmas cards we provide, letting them know they are not forgotten in this process!
In years past, we've asked for donations to cover the cost of the Jesus Storybook Bibles given to our younger Angel Tree children, but we received enough last year to cover this year's Bibles, too! So in the spirit of ministering to the whole family, this year's donations will be used to bless the caregivers of our Angel Tree kids with gift cards to acknowedge their many sacrifices--our goal is $50 each. If you feel led to help make this a reality, you can DONATE HERE. You can also donate through Venmo, using @ltmgiving (for Life Transforming Ministries) and type in "Angel Tree" before sending. We will update this site on how much is raised and how many gift cards are purchased once everything's been finalized.
If you are local and would like to sponsor an Angel Tree Family, click HERE to sign up online. If you attend Providence Church or Trinity Assembly of God (both in West Chester), there will also be tables and electronic sign ups available there that Sunday, before and after all services. Please stop by!
Please pray with us in advance for hearts to be open and ready to receive God's grace and love. Pray, too, for boldness for our sponsors. Thank you!