OMAHA (KPTM)- "They said guess what mom? I got a cool game and I can't wait until you come home so I can play it with you," said Abigail Requejo from her prison room in Lincoln.
Her five children received Christmas gifts from a national program called Angel Tree.
"I know Christmas is not all about gifts, but it does make it amazing that even though you are in prison, your kids will open a gift from you," said Requejo.
Her children are part of 2500 kids who received gifts from the program in Nebraska this year alone. It has provided Christmas gifts for over 9 million children since its inception in 1982.
"The Angel Tree program offers the family a connection to the church as well as that gift so it's a larger, long term connection that the program is about. But it's the generosity of the churches stepping up and the willingness of the Department of Corrections to partner with them is making a world of difference to the child who otherwise would not have a gift for Christmas," said Liz Stanosheck of Prison Fellowship Ministries.
"It's a big part of how we are trying to help inmates be successful upon returning to the community," said Larry Wayne, Deputy Director of Community Programs, Nebraska Department of Corrections.
For Abigail, who is serving a 6 to 12 year prison sentence, it's working.
"We are not looked down upon by the program. It helps us not to back track in the system and it helps us make that one step closer to our goal," said Requejo.
One in 29 children in the United States will have at least one parent in Prison on Christmas day.
Radio Station KCRO is facilitating a donation drive for the program. To help you can go to www.angeltree.org or call KCRO.
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