Angel Tree to help children of prisoners
Published: December 11, 2007 | 6896th good news item since 2003
The Jail Ministry of Otsego County and area churches are sponsoring the local Angel Tree project.
The project oversees collection, wrapping and distribution of Christmas gifts to children of prisoners in the local jail and to children of Otsego County prisoners who are jailed elsewhere.
According to the national Angel Tree organization, it is estimated that 2.3 million American children have an imprisoned parent.
“These kids are the unrecognized sad victims of crime,” said the Rev. Ameen Aswad, jail chaplain, in a news release. “The gifts we deliver assure some of them that they are loved by their parents, and that others in the community are concerned for them, too.”
Last year, the children helped ranged in age from infants to teens, and gifts included gloves, hats and scarves as well as toys, games, craft supplies, sports equipment, CDs and DVDs.
Many churches in Otsego County are collecting unwrapped gifts from donors among their members, and individuals outside the churches may deliver gifts through them.
In the Oneonta area, churches should deliver collection boxes to Main Street Baptist Church, 333 Main St., by Sunday.
Also Sunday, gift boxes in the Cooperstown area should be taken to Cooperstown United Methodist Church at the corner of Chestnut Street and Glen Avenue.
Volunteers will be wrapping gifts at 10 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church.
The wrapping is open to the public, the release said, and donations of gift-wrapping paper and transparent tape are welcomed.