Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree program is working to the last minute to make sure children of U.S. incarcerated prisoners have a chance at a Merry Christmas.
It is estimated that one in 43 children have a parent in prison.
When prisoners ask for help, Prison Fellowship then works with local churches and volunteers to help buy presents for their children.
The gifts are a practical way to share the true meaning of Christmas with hurting families, and open doors for the gospel.
Pat Molan serves as the vice president of the Prison Fellowship. But he was once an inmate whose family was blessed by the ministry's Angel Tree program.
"When I was in prison, I was struggling. How could I show my kids that I love them? Christmas is about a lot more than presents, it is a way we show our love," he explained.
"A loving couple from a nearby Baptist church came out, gave the gifts to my children, read the gospel of Luke, his account of Christ's birth, prayed with them and said, 'These presents are from your father and your Father in heaven,'" Nolan recalled.
If you would like to help the Angel Tree give gifts to children who might not otherwise receive one this Christmas, go to http://www.angeltree.org.
You can also register your church or yourself as a Prison Fellowship volunteer.