Every year we have attended Center Grove church we have participated in the Angel Tree for Mission Gate Prison Ministry. We take 2 of the 'tags' on the tree the have a gender and age written on them and shop for that child. Gifts fall in the $20 - $25 range. I usually choose little girls or boys as always have a hard time shopping for a pre-teen or teen. Sometimes it is hard since you don't know the child or their interests but I usually try to pick a couple gifts so hopefully something is a real hit with the child.
There are numerous groups that have similar programs with Christmas trees that you can choose a child and buy them a gift. I know one year our local Walmart had a tree with the tags and they had specific gift suggestions which made it a little easier. I even saw one in Starbucks today for Animal Rescue and it had ornament shaped tags with pictures and names of the animals in shelters with suggestions on the back for gifts.
There are also programs that have families you can adopt for Christmas and purchase gifts for the whole family. How rewarding would that be! There are options on the Mission Gate site for churches, workplaces, families or individuals can contribute to the Christmas Angel Mission. One of the items on my 'bucket list' is to be able to attend one of their Christmas parties and volunteer my time in addition to the gifts.
A card for today -
it would have to be an angel :-) Some more Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake but this time it is Lucky Limeade for the green. The angel is heat embossed using pewter embossing powder. This was our family card one year - embossing over 100 angels :-)