A programme that helps spread Christmas joy to children whose parents are in jail will be a beneficiary of this year's Operation Santa Claus. The Hong Kong Christian Ku Sun Association runs the Angel Tree programme, in which church volunteers deliver Christmas cards and gifts to such children on behalf of their parents. Clement Cheung Chu-chi, senior ministry officer of the association, said: 'Some people broke the law and were sent to jail but their children are innocent. 'Indeed, they are victims - they are being deprived of being loved. 'Therefore, it is important for us to show these children our support so they will no longer be victims.' With permission from the Correctional Services Department, Christian volunteers take Christmas cards to prisons so the inmates can write loving messages on them to their children. Inmates can also choose a Christmas gift for their children from a range of items the volunteers show them. The volunteers will deliver the cards and gifts to the children on behalf of their parents. Last year, 197 children under 12 benefited from the Angel Tree programme. The association hopes its volunteers can reach 300 children with cards and gifts this year. Charlotte Chen Lam Wai-nan, a counsellor with the association, said: 'Apart from sending love to these children, the exchanges we have with inmates and their children at Christmas open up our communication with them. 'Later, some families come back to us to seek assistance with problems they face. 'So the Angel Tree is a meaningful programme for us to help inmates and their families to rebuild their lives.' She added: 'Seeing the kids smile after receiving Christmas cards and gifts is the most satisfying moment. 'By showing them our love, we let the children know they are not forgotten.'