When men and women are incarcerated those left behind are typically the ones effected most:
This holiday season The "Project Angel Tree" tradition continues and now they're serving about 3,000 children whose parents are currently in prison.
Each child gets three wishes and their information is placed on a card to go on the Angel Tree.
For Sharon Eads, who has been a part of the program for years, she knows for the children it's means more than just the presents.
"To know one time a year at Christmas, that somebody out there loves them enough to make sure they get something like my child gets, or your child gets. They love them enough, they show them that love and it's very, very important to them because of what they've gone through... Some of them never see any love but that," Eads said. Eads is the Angel Tree director for McLennan County.
The gift requests range from shoes, to jeans, to gift cards and all children on the mall tree will receive gifts.
To donate visit Richland Mall and pick an angel from the tree.