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COM embraces children with love at Christmas


Last updated 11/15/2018 at 11:27pm


Families posed for photos by the Christmas tree after receiving gifts at Community Outreach Ministry's 17th annual Angel Tree Christmas Party for children of incarcerated parents, held Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Elks Lodge 2591 in Wildomar.

WILDOMAR – Nonprofit Community Outreach Ministry will celebrate the 18th annual Angel Tree Christmas Party for children who have parents in the criminal justice system. The party is by invitation only Sunday, Dec. 16, 12:30-3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge 2591, 33700 Mission Trail, in Wildomar.

Children are referred by Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, area schools and social services departments. Community Outreach Ministry has invited local law enforcement, firefighters and Vista Community Clinic's dental bus to provide services regardless of insurance. Collaboratively the organization will bring approximately 200 children together for a festive event. The party is an opportunity to embrace these children with love at Christmas and give them warm clothing, shoes and over 400 total gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parents with a message from their mother or father.


Dr. Mona Davies, center, co-founder of Community Outreach Ministry, is pictured with sisters Isabella, 9, and Angelina, 8, whose father was sentenced to life in prison when they were infants. The sisters were among 200 children served with gifts on behalf of their parents during the Wildomar nonprofit's 17th annual Angel Tree Christmas Party, held Dec. 17, 2017, at Elks Lodge 2591 in Wildomar.

Community Outreach Ministry invites the children to their year-round workshops, camping and mentoring activities. Jonay Cordeiro, branch manager of Wells Fargo Lake Elsinore Main Inland Crossroads, is bringing team members to educate the children in financial literacy. Children will also be treated to a meal catered by The Corporate Room-New Life Culinary Creations. "The Christmas Story" by local talent will be performed.

Bob Davies and his wife, Dr. Mona Davies, are the co-founders of Community Outreach Ministry, which serves as advocates for children impacted by incarceration. They have developed the "Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration Model:" Mentor-Protege Workshops. The workshops provide interventions and resources for children to overcome adversity and gives children a second chance to be winners and champions, the Davies said.

Community Outreach Ministry welcomes donations, volunteers and sponsors to buy, shop and wrap gifts. Donations are also being accepted online at, at (951) 698-7650 or [email protected]

Submitted by Community Outreach Ministry.


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