As part of the Branch of Love Program, for Christmas of 2021, Manassas Baptist Church (MBC) teamed up with several other local churches to make Christmas brighter for 181 children of inmates incarcerated at the Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center. MBC provided gifts for 33 of these children.

Church affiliation was discussed with all 10 guardians. Besides this, MaryBeth Cobble has offered to contact the guardians of Manassas children who are not attending a church. Karen and I will give her those names after Christmas.

Besides the gifts that you provided, guardians and children all received handmade hats from the gifted ladies of Crafts for Christ. Thank you crocheters and knitters who included Ellen Miller, Jan Rayl, Sharon Potter, and Sue Carney.

Our thanks to Maritza Neuman who was a great help with our Spanish speaking family.

This year all gifts were hand delivered, none required shipping. All were delivered by Tuesday December 21st.
Besides the children’s gifts, each guardian received a Holman CSB LeatherTouch Study Bible, a Walmart gift card, treats, and Christian DVDs or Christian Books that could be shared with the children.
Most guardians were typically not expecting to raise these children (especially alone) and the children were typically not expecting to be without their parent(s) for Christmas. 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 9 months to 20 years. Of our 33 children, 9 lived in Manassas, 13 in Lorton, 9 in Alexandria, 1 in Arlington, and 1 in Manassas Park.

Thank you for all that you do! May 2022 be full of God’s Blessings and Presence for you and for yours!

Wayne & Karen Gorsuch