A cold November day in Bonney Lake was warmed considerably as hundreds of people joined in for Angel Wings Foundation’s Third Annual Hope Bags event. Amidst the shrieks of laughter, the sounds of music and even the scent of lattes, it was easy to understand how Hope Bags are making a difference. Hope Bags provide an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and have a positive impact on their community. In a fun and festive open-house environment, we provide all the materials to let you decorate a bag and then fill it with personal care items. You then take the bag with you and distribute it to someone in need, as the opportunity arises.
This year’s event was spiced up by visits from some very special friends. First, Blitz zoomed into the building – the roar when he came in made us think we were at a Seahawks game! Blitz was a hit with kids of all ages – even the grown-ups. J You could get your picture taken with Blitz – and use our Angel Wings and Seahawks-themed props to give your picture that extra special something. Blitz even made his own Hope Bag – with a little help from his friends, of course!
After Blitz flew the coop to head back to the stadium, two extra special helpers arrived: our very own Sea Gals: Angelique and Kylie! They took time out from cheering on the Hawks to lend a hand – getting their pictures taken with all the kids (wait your turn, Dads!) and of course, making Hope Bags to distribute. They even autographed pictures for the kids – it was clear that the Sea Gals were role models for the girls who attended!
Thanks to everyone who attended and all of our volunteers, Hope Bags 2015 was a smashing success! We more than doubled the number of Hope Bags that we created last year, which means that many more people in need received help and hope. We’re also thankful and extremely humbled by the financial support that we received. We met our goal of $7,000 raised for Hope Bags – money which goes directly to helping others. The spirit of generosity that people showed reminded us that we can’t make an impact without your support – and we’re so grateful that we have it!
This year’s successful event made us even more eager for next year’s. In 2016 we’re expanding Hope Bags into Hope Day, and we’ll be announcing a way for kids to express their natural inclination to help – we’re finalizing plans over the next couple of months and will be sure to get the word out as soon as we can, so stay tuned!
Thank you again for everything that you do for Angel Wings – your love and support mean the world to us, and together we’re making a difference; we couldn’t do it without you!
The Angel Wings Foundation Team
Holly, What an awesome Event! Can't wait to see what you have planned for 2016!