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St. Paul United Methodist gives presents to children with incarcerated parents

Church spreads holiday cheer to children of inmates
Posted at 7:01 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 19:01:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — St. Paul's United Methodist Church welcomes families taking care of children with incarcerated parents to reach out. The church gathers Christmas presents for children with one or both parents currently in prison. This is the third year the church has stepped up to help families in need.

Prison Minister and coordinator Michael Dobson says single parents or grandparents are typically raising the children, and otherwise wouldn't have gifts on Christmas morning.

"The way we see it is that it's not the children's fault that they have an incarcerated parent. We want to provide as much help and respite as we possibly can," said Dobson.

If you're caring for the child of an inmate or would like to help, you can contact Michael Dobson at

Dobson says all information shared will be confidential.