Prison Prevention Ministries Brings Christmas to Children of Incarcerated

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – “What a great time of year to give these guys and these women some hope and their children some hope,” says Joe Smith who is the executive director of Prison Prevention Ministries. They just held their annual Christmas Angel program, bringing gifts to children whose parents are incarcerated. “There was over 200 children there. And Santa Claus was there. It was such a fun, fun time,” says Smith.
The Christmas event was held at Abba’s House in Hixson. “It’s a difficult time of year. We get sponsors for those gifts. We put the parents name on those gifts so when the children get them they feel like they’re getting gifts from their mom or dad.”

Christmas Angel is one program of several within the Prison Prevention Ministries organization. A recent Department of Justice survey says that 47 percent of state and 58 percent of federal prisoners are parents. “God’s word is very clear. Take care of the orphans, the widows and the prisoners. And folks that are behind these fences, they’ve committed a crime. That’s why they’re there. They’re just like you and I and they need the same hope that you and I need,” says Smith. Prison Prevention Ministries began as Chattanooga Prison Ministries in 1979.
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