Angel Tree

A division of Prison Fellowship Ministries, Project Angel Tree is a loving opportunity to connect with children from all over Central Ohio who have at least one incarcerated parent.  Not only will you help build a relationship between the child and parent, but also between the child and their Heavenly Father.  For 2018, our party is once again stepping out on faith!  We feel God has called us to “feed the flock,” so we will provide a full homestyle meal for all our “angels” and their families/caregivers.

We need your help!  Invite your families, friends,
and other churches to join us!




Food Donations (expand)
Please be sure to sign up using the Registration page of this website to tell us what food items you'll be bringing.  Last year we had some items that we had too much of, and other's not enough.  Help us plan accordingly.

Non-perishable Food Items should be brought to the church kitchen by Sunday, Dec 2nd


If you're donating a turkey (expand)
  • Purchase a 12-15lb Turkey
  • Roast the turkey and take the meat off the bones.
  • If the turkey is made ahead and frozen, deliver it to the church frozen by Thursday evening (Dec 6th)
  • If the turkey does not need to be thawed, deliver it by Friday early evening.
Leading up to the party (expand)
  • Gift Purchaser:  Stop by the Angel Tree table in the Northwest Chapel Commons, Sunday, November 11 – 25, to pick out an “Angel” (or more than one!) for whom you will purchase gifts.  Guidelines and suggestions are available at the table.

    All gifts are due to the church by Sunday, December 2nd.
  • Friday Night Set-Up:  (Friday, Dec. 7th,  6:00-8:00PM)
    Assist with dining room set-up, including tables, chairs, and decorations.
Day of the party (expand)
  • Gift Organization and Distribution Team: (11:00AM – 2:30PM)
    Assist with gift table set-up and distribution to our “angel” families.
  • Drivers:  (11:00AM – 3:00PM)
    Pick up attendees who do not have their own transportation.  Drive them home following the event.  Vehicles will be provided. 
  • Registration, Greeters, Seaters:  (11:00AM – 1:00PM)
    Welcome and sign in all our host families and “angel” families as they arrive, and escort them to their assigned tables.  
  • Kitchen Crew: 
    (8:00AM – 11:30AM for cooking/warming)
    (11:00AM – 2:00PM to prep for the servers, transfer food, kitchen clean-up)
    You are welcome to sign up for one or both shifts.  Assist with meal preparation for “angels” and their families.  Direction will be provided. 
  • Servers: (11:15 AM – 2:00PM)
    Serve our special guests and host families a meal prepared in their honor.  Monitor food, drink, and dessert tables, and re-supply items as needed from the kitchen.  If you are willing to serve as the “Server In Charge”, please contact Deanna. 
  • Kitchen Runners: (11:15AM – 2:00PM)
    Serve as the “liaison” between the kitchen crew and the serving stations. Work with “Server In Charge” to keep the serving stations supplied.
  • Dishwashers: (11:00AM – 2:00PM)
    Collect and wash dishes throughout the event.
  • Up for Anything! :  (11:00AM – 2:30PM)
    Step in to fill any needs that may be identified throughout the event.  This could mean serving as a greeter, server, table host, or helping with set-up and tear down.  If you are flexible, this is the job for you!
  • Table Hosts:  (11:00AM – 2:30PM)
    It would be great for your entire family to host a table!  Our “angel” families enjoy the interaction and this is where we really have an opportunity to show them God’s love!

    Provide festive tableware for your table of about 10 people.  (Paper/Plastic products are recommended for ease of cleaning.  Please include plates, cups, napkins, and silverware.) 

    Provide a festive centerpiece for your table that can be sent home with your family (i.e., a small decorated Christmas tree, nativity, a wreath, or a floral arrangement).

    Arrive as early as 10 AM, but no later than 11 AM, to set up your own table, and be present before our guests arrive.

    Welcome your “angels” and guests as if you were in your own home. Greet them at your table, then invite them to join you in some crafts and games before lunch. During the meal, encourage conversation and laughter. Offer to assist them with their youngest “angels.”

    Assist your family with collecting their bag of gifts.  Offer to assist them in taking all their items, including table decorations and possibly take-home food to the parking lot (to their car or to the van in which we transported them.) 

After the party (expand)
  • Gift Home Deliveries:  (Dec. 9 - 16)
    For “angel” families unable to attend the party, we need families willing to deliver gifts to the caregiver’s home address. This is a great group activity and the opportunity to share God’s love with these families. 




Angel Tree Party 
Event Leader:                       Abby Rettstatt, 614-832-1717, a.j.rettstatt@gmail.com
Current Info:                        facebook.com/GiveThisChristmasAway                          
Online Registration:            GiveThisChristmasAway.com  

Angel Tree Meal 
Event Leader:               Deanna Dorsey, 614-325-6651, ddorsey203@sbcglobal.net
Current Info:                facebook.com/GiveThisChristmasAway                         
Online Registration:      GiveThisChristmasAway.com  

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