Family Outreach Ministry in Action .......
The Kingsway office in Harrisonburg, Virginia, provides a safe haven for released inmates and families to come for assistance with locating housing, transportation, jobs, and transportation to attend church services.
Supporting the Family Outreach Ministry enables Kingsway to:
Assist with food, clothing, & household needs
Provide referrals for drug/alcohol counseling & family counseling
Assist with support groups, Bible studies, & church services
Provide financial management training
Each year Kingsway Outreach serves as host site for the Apple Tree Project, which provides Christmas gifts for the children of incarcerated parents. People are encouraged to pick “apples” with the name and wished-for items for a specific child. The "apples" are made available through churches, the Kingsway office, and other venues. Donors purchase the wished-for gifts and return them unwrapped, along with a donation for shipping, to the Kingsway office or designated location by a specified date in time for delivery by ministry volunteers. Volunteers wrap the presents and prepare them for shipment. The presents are delivered by volunteers or shipped via UPS to the children in time for Christmas.
Donations accepted through the year
We share this message so you will see the impact of the Apple Tree Project:
"Today when I got home from work, I had a box waiting on the porch. When I opened the box, there were wrapped gifts for my granddaughter. Her mother is currently incarcerated in Fluvanna serving a sentence for attempting to murder my son. My granddaughter loves her mom and asks for her daily. I want to thank you for taking the time to send gifts to my granddaughter on behalf of her mother. She will be so happy Christmas morning! I have always prided myself for trying to help our community and giving to those less fortunate and today I cried when I opened that box and was on the receiving end of such a generous gesture. Thank you for all that you do!!" (from Jill) December 2018
Approximately 6,000 Christmas gift bags are distributed personally by Kingsway Outreach volunteers to inmates in prisons and jails in Virginia. Each gift bag contains items that are approved by the Virginia Department of Corrections.
Each year we need 6,000 of each item below:
#2 wooden yellow pencils UNSHARPENED
Regular size tooth paste (not to exceed 6 oz.)
5" x 8" mini legal pad with wide strip at top
Donate $'s to purchase acceptable lip balm
Your help in providing these items would be greatly appreciated.
Special Needs Specific To Christmas 2020:
6,000 pencils (see above)
4,500 tubes of toothpaste (see above)
Financial donations only to cover the cost of ordering the notepads and lip balm.