Most of us look forward to receiving gifts over the holidays. Children especially, dream about the wonderful things they hope to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, some children won’t have a Christmas tree, much less any presents to open. That is where the Angel Tree program comes in to play. Through this outreach people all across Knoxville have the opportunity to help local families and children in need during the holidays.
Each year Kids Hope is blessed to partner with Faith Promise Missions to sponsor children in need through the Angel Tree program. Through this outreach, gifts are provided to needy children at Beaumont Elementary who would otherwise be left without gifts on Christmas. Christie Mullins, a Kids Hope mentor and active member of Faith Promise Church had this to say about her experience with the Angel Tree program.
“I have been involved with the Kids Hope Program for 2 years. My “littles” name is Alexis and I am so thankful for the hour I get to spend with her each week. I pray for her daily and have been so blessed to be part of her life and this ministry. She loves to read, do crafts, jump rope and chat. She talks, I listen…we both leave changed.
Last year I found out that Alexis’ family was part of the Angel Tree program at Faith Promise Church. Through this platform I was able to purchase gifts for Alexis’s family and help give her a fun Christmas experience. Alexis does not know that it was me that supplied the Christmas gifts, but you can imagine how my heart smiled when she came back from Christmas break and told me all about her new roller skates and clothes.
This year her family was again enrolled in the Angel Tree outreach program and my whole family has gotten involved in selecting the gifts. We hung her angel tree card on our family Christmas tree and it reminds us to pray for her. In addition, as we open our gifts on Christmas we think about her and hope she is enjoying her new toys as well.
Thank you, Faith Promise, for stepping out of the box and partnering with Beaumont for this unique ministry experience. This ministry is a very real, hands on mission opportunity that is truly changing children’s lives.”