Daddy says when I grow up to his chest he'll come home. I get nana to measure me every day. I don't think I grow very fast. Nana says she can see I'm growing every day.
Sometimes I get mad going to see daddy, it takes so long on the bus and we don't get home till really late. The other kids play together on the weekend. They say they don't want to play with me even if I could go. They say daddyís a bad man and if daddy loved me he would stop being bad. Nana says their wrong. I think maybe their right.
The officers say I shouldn't be scared of the big dogs that walk up and down sniffing us. Nana says there looking for bad things but its okay we're not doing anything bad. I get scared they'll think I'm bad like people think daddy is.
Yesterday wasn't a very good day, I hugged daddy so tight and asked him to please, please, come home for Christmas. Daddy said he couldn't. I was mad at daddy, I told him he was hurting my heart and that if he loved me he would come home. Daddy said he was sorry. The officer said we had to leave. When daddy wouldn't come with me I kicked and punched him. I told daddy I hated him and I'd never talk to him again. Nana carried me back to the bus stop yesterday. I asked nana why daddy didn't love us. She said he does. I don't believe her. I told her Iím never going there again. Nana was crying too.
A nice lady came over today. She said she was from Angel Tree and had something really special from my daddy and gave me a present. I told her daddy didnít give me presents. She said daddy had really wanted to spend Christmas with me and was sad he couldnít so her friend Jesus made sure daddy could still send me a gift. I told her I don't know a Jesus but the lady from angel tree said he knew me and loved me. She said Jesus has friends at a church right near my house who could tell me all about him if I wanted. She said thereís even other kids to play with and some go to a fun camp I could go to too! I told her other kids donít like my daddy. The lady said Jesus loves my daddy and the kids at the camp know daddy's not bad. Nana said some of the kids even have mummy's or daddy's where my daddy is.
I think Jesus must be pretty great. Daddy said he thinks so too. I told daddy I was sorry and that I don't hate him. I told daddy I loved him. Daddy said he loved me too and heís going to try really hard to be a better daddy. Daddy said this time he's got Jesus and his friends from prison fellowship to help him. Nana cried but she said they were happy tears.
I can't wait until I've grown up to daddy's chest and we'll be together again. Jesus says he loves me, nana, and daddy and he will look after us. I believe him.
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