As part of the Branch of Love Program, for Christmas of 2022, Manassas Baptist Church (MBC) teamed up with several other local churches to make Christmas brighter for 223 children of inmates incarcerated at the Prince William – Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center. MBC provided gifts for 31 of these children and all gifts were delivered to families by Monday December 19th. The attached picture typical Christmas Gifts given to Guardians.

The gifted ladies of Crafts for Christ also provided handmade hats for guardians and children. A picture of a few of these beautiful hats appears below. Thank you crocheters and knitters: Ellen Miller and Sharon Potter for enabling this loving addition!!

We’d also like to thank Ernie Newland and his UPS store, located across from the hospital, for his help with some of the shipping costs for delivering gifts to 3 families. Besides the children’s gifts, each guardian received a CSB Study Bible, a Walmart gift card, some treats, and Christian DVDs or Christian Books that could be read to/with the children. Most guardians were typically not expecting to raise these children (especially alone) and the children were typically not expecting to be raised by many of these guardians. A number of children were blessed to have loving grandparents and other relatives who stepped up to nurture another generation. You made Christmas brighter for these children, who did nothing to cause the change in circumstances that affected them.

The age of this year’s children ranged from 7 months to 18 years. Most children lived in or near Manassas (Apopka, FL = 1; Bealton, VA = 4; Brookshire, TX = 1; Dale City, VA = 8; Front Royal, VA = 2; Manassas Park, VA = 1; Manassas, VA = 12; Montclair, VA = 1; Woodbridge, VA = 1). Of these children, 16 were boys and 15 were girls.

Thank you for all that you do! May 2023 be full of God’s Blessings and Presence for you and for yours!

Wayne & Karen Gorsuch