Lee was spending his first Christmas in prison—his first Christmas apart from his little girl, Nicole.
“I’ve got nothing to lose,” he thought as he filled out his Angel Tree application form in his cell.
He remembered a game three-year old Nicole had said she wanted for Christmas. He put this down on the form and wrote on the gift tag:
“Dear Nicole. Happy Christmas. I miss you. Love Daddy xx”
Eighteen months later, when Lee was released from prison, Nicole met him at the prison gate, the gift tag in her hand. He recalls, “Nicole had asked her mum to read it to her over and over, until she could recite it by heart, even though she couldn’t read yet. I’ll never forget that. It sticks with you.”
You make this possible! When you give just £20, you enable a parent in prison to send a personalised hand-chosen gift to their child at home. You can put smiles on the faces of a child and their parent, and lessen the pain of that separation this Christmas.
This Christmas, Lee is involved in Angel Tree again. But this time, he’s part of a local Prison Fellowship team ensuring children get a present from their parent in prison.
Smiling, he shares, “When I was wrapping the presents and seeing how many there were, and reading the notes — I got tears in my eyes. I saw everyone in that room doing it out of the goodness of their hearts. It was very emotional to see what was going on.
“Men and women inside don’t understand that there are strangers that really care. For me it was an extraordinary experience.”
Could you be an angel for a hurting family this Christmas? Young lives and family relationships can be preserved and strengthened through Angel Tree.
Please give generously, and bring a spark of joy to a family separated by a prison sentence.