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Connecting children with justice impacted parents with

gift-givers in our community

Holidays are often a difficult time for the households and caregivers of children who have been impacted by the justice system. With one fewer parent at home, there is less disposable income and one fewer adult looking out for these children. This has been especially difficult these last few years. Rising grocery and gas costs have many caregivers struggling to simply put food on the table. For the past 9 years, Hope Beneath the Tree has been offering support by matching children impacted by incarceration with gift-givers in our community. 


Hope Beneath the Tree began in 2013 when defense investigator, Susan Randall, wanted to find a way to provide holiday gifts for children of incarcerated parents. Along with Susan’s family and friends, Dana Valentine and Paige Reynolds volunteered to help get things organized, and Hope Beneath the Tree was born! Now high school and college students throughout Vermont help run the program which has  become a highlight for our participants each holiday season.  Last year Hope Beneath the Tree provided gifts to more than 350 children in need from all over Vermont, the East Coast, and across the country.

Click here to read Vermont Public's coverage of us in 2018!

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Buy your copy of Hope Beneath the Tree children's book!
Click here to listen to an Vermont Edition VPR interview with author Kristen Vincent and learn more about the book

Book Summary: "It's the holidays and Caroline and Henry are on a search for the true meaning of giving. They find themselves lost in the forest while collecting greenery for their mom's wreaths. Forest animals help them find their way home. Along the way they discover what it means to give!"
*Part of the proceeds will go to HBT


Get in touch with Hope Beneath The Tree to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

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