Tony Cardenas, the Lower Valley co-coordinator for Angel Tree, a program that provides Christmas gifts for children whose parents are in prison, is seeking people who would like to sponsor a child this Christmas.
In the Lower Valley, from Granger to Prosser, alone there are 181 children who have been signed up for the program, said Cardenas, who is the pastor of Celebration Christian Center and works for the Department of Corrections office in Sunnyside.
Cardenas said that those interested in sponsoring the child of an inmate will receive an angel with the child's age and the gift they would like for Christmas. The gifts are given to the children in the name of the parent, he said.
"We're really seeking reconciliation between the parent and the child," he explained.
Children of inmates range in ages from newborns to 18-year-olds.
Cardenas said that anyone wanting to donate a gift can contact him at 830-4753 or at the Department of Corrections, 836-5448. Cash donations to purchase gifts for children are also being taken. Donations can be sent to Celebration Christian Center, P.O. Box 796, Sunnyside. Checks should designate that the money is for the Angel Tree project.