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The Angel Tree Project
No doubt crime remains one of the major problems facing
Thousands of children in
The Angel Tree® programme serves to reach those children with the love of Christ during this painful period in their lives. By enlisting the aid of local churches and community organisations, Prison Fellowship South Africa makes it possible for inmates to give their children special Christmas gifts.
Angel Tree Project
This year again, PFSA and our partners will facilitate a Christmas party for some 250 children of incarcerated ladies at Pretoria Female Correctional Centre. The sentenced females will be allowed onto the sports fields where under strict supervision, they will be joined by their children and the accompanying care giver, DCS personnel, community members, as well as PFSA volunteers and partners.
Gifts will be supplied to the mothers to give to their children during a day of celebration and festivity – aimed at reconciling broken families and restoring family units, the building blocks of society.
Those inmates due for release by April/May next year, will receive additional focus as the churches they identify as their own will be invited to attend, meet with, and embark upon a journey with these families involved, preparing them for the release of the mother, visiting her once a week for the final three months of incarceration, and being there to receive her on her day of release.
This will serve to establish the Church as the bridge linking the prison-church and the community-church, and receive her into a support and accountability group that will assist her with her reintegration back into society and hold her accountable for her commitment to a life change and becoming a positive, contributing member of society.
On the day, the Gifts, Snack-Packs, and Festive food (boerewors rolls, chips, cold drinks, etc) is provided by PFSA and its partners, and the children are entertained by volunteers dressed as clowns. A short Christmas message is given, and the mothers hand over the gifts.
Benefits of Angel Tree®
In addition to the initial purpose of helping to reconnect the often broken bonds between an inmate and her child, and re-establishing the inmate as the parental figure, a small first step in normalising the family unit, Angel Tree® has many additional and far-reaching benefits and offers itself as an intervention opportunity for moral regeneration resulting in lowering the crime rate and establishing safe, prospering communities.
Date and Venue
The Department of Correctional Services has set and confirmed Thursday, 18th November, 08h00 – 13h00 as the most suitable date for this year’s Angel Tree® programme in Pretoria Female Correctional Centre.
We humbly, yet urgently invite you to partner with PFSA to ensure that this day will be a success, by sponsoring ‘Snack-packs’ for the children. We will need some 250 snack-packs consisting of a cold drink, a packet of Nick Nacks, five small Fizzers, three lollipops, two balloons, and a small handful of assorted sweets. We would also welcome any donations in the form of funding (for the food, drinks, or gifts)
For purposes of financial donations, please use the following banking details: Prison Fellowship SA, ABSA Bank
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