As part of the Branch of Love Program, for Christmas of 2020, Manassas Baptist Church (MBC) teamed up with several other local churches to make Christmas brighter for 383 children of inmates incarcerated at the Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center. MBC provided gifts for 44 of these children.

Church affiliation was discussed with all 16 guardians. Besides this, MaryBeth Cobble contacted twelve of the 16 guardians to share information about MBC’s children’s programs.

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 Elizabeth Croushorn, Pat Engleman, Ellen Miller, and Sharon Potter.
We’d also like to thank Ernie Newland and his UPS store, located across from the hospital, for his help in the shipping of gifts to six guardians.

Two Sunday School classes participated in the program this year and some church members donated funds to help cover costs. Thanks!!

Besides the children’s gifts, each guardian received an NIV Cultural Backgrounds 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 not have their parent(s) with them 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 1 year to 14 years. Of our 44 children, 19 lived in Manassas, 7 in DC, 6 in Arlington, 6 in Front Royal, 3 in Gaithersburg, 2 in Culpeper, and 1 in Manassas Park.

Thank you for all that you do! May 2021 be full of God’s Blessings and Presence for you and for yours!

Wayne & Karen Gorsuch