Operation Elf

Help parents in prison to give a Christmas gift to their children with our annual campaign, Operation Elf.
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Help parents in prison to give a Christmas gift to their children

Every year, more than 300,000 children are separated from their mums or dads through imprisonment. Christmas can be a painful time for families in this situation. But you can help make the festive season a little brighter through Operation Elf.

Operation Elf supports parents in prison to give their child a Christmas gift, helping to maintain their identity as a mum or dad, and strengthen family bonds.

Donate to the Operation Elf 2024 Appeal

Pact staff across England and Wales will use your donation to help a mum or a dad in prison give a gift to their child.

Involve your parish

Pact’s Faith in Action team supports parishes to work in partnership with Pact at a nearby prison. Parishioners can meet Pact staff and volunteers, provide gifts directly, and help at Christmas Family Days to see the difference they are making for parents in prison and their children.

To get involved in a parish-prison partnership, contact Theresa and Marie: parish.action@prisonadvice.org.uk.           

Keep in touch

Find out how Operation Elf has made a difference by signing up to receive regular updates from Pact.

After tasking the dads with finding out what gift their children would appreciate, we used the gift cards to buy their presents. We also ran a workshop for them to wrap the gifts and make Christmas cards. It was such a pleasure to see the men engaged with their families in this way.

Ellie - Family Support Worker