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What's in a Name?

on Thursday, 03 April 2014. Posted in AWF Blog

People are always asking me where the name Angel Wings came from. The name itself creates a reaction of smiles and a feeling of comfort but most people don’t truly know the meaning behind it. It’s not that I’ve kept it a secret, it is just so personal to me that sharing it often results in me getting…emotional. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, but I try to resist doing the “ugly cry” as much as possible, especially in public. I’d love to share my heart with you and let you all in on the early beginnings of Angel Wings Foundation (AWF). This should be easy since you can’t see my eyes and face while I write this! 

My maiden name is Angelo and ever since we began dating, my husband, of almost 15 years, would call me his Angel. Don’t get all “Ohh, Ahhh”, though we were madly in love, it was also his way of teasing me. He had heard my stories about growing up with the name Holly Angelo. There were many times where my name was mispronounced, misspelled and, tragically stated completely wrong during attendance my first day of high-school. Holy Angel? Is there a Holy Angel? Oh goodness. No. Nope. Not me. I hope you are giggling alongside me right now. 

Let’s go back to 2007 when we were going through some emotionally difficult times. We had experienced infertility and then a miscarriage, needless to say, we were both hurting. Having had a difficult time conceiving our first child, we were beyond excited about the idea of having another. Sadly, in 2007, that wasn’t to be and I was especially heartbroken. During that time my husband named, registered and gifted me a non-profit, “Angel Wings Foundation”. He told me that this non-profit was for me to go out and provide hope and support for those who were in tough spots. I knew what he meant, those people who, like me, don’t want to ask for help. Those people who are hurting quietly, but smiling on the outside. He knew that with me focusing my energy on helping and healing others, I wouldn’t be able to dwell (forever) on my own sadness. So, that is where we started! We’ve come a long way, personally and professionally in the last 7 years. It’s been frustrating, rewarding and extremely humbling to be a part of so many lives. I hope to continue to share stories with you of what AWF is up to and give you more personal insight into who we are and what we do. Take a moment and smile at someone today, you never know what they are going through and it may just cheer you up too! Oh, and for goodness sake, pay attention to detail when you pronounce someone’s name.  -- Holly

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Hope for the Holidays

on Tuesday, 03 December 2013. Posted in AWF Blog

Four simple letters…h-o-p-e. It doesn’t cost a penny, but is worth so much. As Executive Director of Angel Wings, I’ve been in awe and forever changed. I have had the honor to see what hope can do for so many. I’d love to share a story with you, my favorite to date, about hope. Through a nomination, I got in touch with a wonderful woman named Kelly Carroll. Kelly is a loving mother of 5 beautiful children who has helped victims of domestic violence and natural disasters for over a decade. Through a series of twist and turns, Kelly and her family are now the one’s needing help…but more so, needing hope.  She is unable to care for herself and is paralyzed on one side of her body, her husband is only able to work part-time and they are in need of much assistance. Angel Wings has been honored to talk with Kelly and to get permission to share her amazing story of giving with all of you. 
Please read more about her at:

http://www.rplaceofrefuge.org/ 
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/15894922.html

Angel Wings has decided to sponsor this family for Christmas 2013. If you would like to provide hope for them, please feel free to do one of the following:

1) Make a donation to Angel Wings Foundation in the name of the Carrolls: 
www.angelwingsfdn.org/donate 
    
2) View the sign up sheet to see the families specific needs here: 
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E45A5AD2AA5F94-hope/14290767

Thank you for helping us continue with our mission to help those who need it the most and expect it the least. Happy Holidays to you and your family. 

-Holly

A New Chapter…..New Beginnings

on Sunday, 22 July 2012. Posted in AWF Blog

L 1412727596 2270692 1411960641.7805Being a part of the Angels Wings Foundation is an honor and a blessing in so many ways. This foundation began out of a vision one woman, one family, has to make a difference in the lives of people and families. I have observed first hand as Holly has responded to the needs of families in crisis, in very specific and tangible ways. A foundation like Angel Wings has been able to bring positive changes in very difficult and trying times. For some, that a person would want to respond to the needs of someone they may not know may seem odd, maybe even unrealistic. Yet, I believe that this response is designed into each one of us, and it is incredibly natural, even normal. I have witnessed, normal compassionate people become partners in a vision where lives that have been changed by illness or hardship, receive support and compassion throughout their journey.

For me, I have experienced the ending of a chapter in my life, and the beginning of a new one. With the loss of my father the end of May, and the birth of our first grandchild in June, life has been full of change. I have been blessed to have family and friends walk along side of me, and support me, my wife and children through some very challenging times. They continue to help as my family experiencing “new beginnings”. At first, my involvement in AWF was a response to Holly’s vision that caught my attention, and then gripped my heart, and I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. It has truly been a privilege to be a Trustee to such a fantastic organization. Now, I have experienced, in a much smaller measure, why organizations like AWF exist.

There are times in life, when the unexpected becomes the “new normal”. When something that you would never have considered would happen to you or your family happens. And from that moment on, your life is never the same. It is those times when the response of AWF makes all the difference in the world. It has been amazing to see the hope that is brought into a family when it is delivered on the wings of an angel.
Your contribution is what makes this a reality. Thank you for partnering with the Angel Wings Foundation!

---Mark Edwards

Together

on Sunday, 27 May 2012. Posted in AWF Blog

photoIt has been way too long since I have written in the Angel Wings blog. Our board is a small one, just myself (Holly), Trista and Mark. We have decided that we will be taking turns writing our blog so that you all can get to know each of us and our view of why we are invested in Angel Wings. Life has been busy for all of us and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to even write about…. until today. On Friday afternoon, I got a phone call from Trista. Her amazing friend, Tanya, went to be with Jesus after a long fight with breast cancer. Then, this morning my husband and I learned that Mark’s dad passed very suddenly today.  I know you all understand how saddened I am to see the people I care about so much, hurting. Knowing that all over the world, there are individuals and families are in pain because of their own losses. It seems fitting to be writing this Memorial Day weekend so we can remember everyone who has gone before us and giving them honor.

There are so many different people in the world, but we are so much alike. We all laugh, cry and live our days with the same amount of hours in them. Being aware of this just makes it even more important to me to make a difference while I have my time here.  So, I press forward. I give thanks for what I have, I honor those around me. I hug my husband, two young kids, my friends and family (even when I don’t feel like it). Though many of us have heavy hearts and sadness, the healing comes with time… and love. Attached is one of my favorite photos. It’s very personal to me, since it’s a picture of my husband visiting his dad recently.  We all hurt… but together, we can heal.

--- Blessings, Holly

New Year, same mission!

on Saturday, 07 January 2012. Posted in AWF Blog

Looking back at 2011 and all of the amazing people who helped us help others, provides us with so much hope for 2012. If you haven’t had a chance to watch the video on our home page, please do so. It’s a great way to explain the basic idea of why we do what we do. Charlize is a few months into remission, but still has her feeding tube and a long road ahead of her. Her little brother, Caedmon, turned one in December and is as sweet as can be. Their parents, Brent and Leia, are doing the best they can with the situation they are in, and so grateful for the outpouring of support.

We know that there are so many other families in our local community who are in need; the task can seem overwhelming at times. One thing that keeps us focused is our children. These faithful and innocent people remind us that there are many things we can do on a daily basis to positively impact someone else’s life. Even if you can’t afford to financially help someone, there are other things you can do, regardless of your age.

It could be something as easy as holding the door for someone, smiling at a stranger, or putting down an electronic device and sincerely asking the person next to you how they are doing. Even saying, “thank you” can make someone’s day! Often times, we get so busy in our day to day lives that we forget about simple ways to make a difference. As our board gets together for our first meeting of 2012, know that we are full of excitement and hope for what the year has in store.

Please check out our “Make a Difference” tab for other simple ideas. There is a top 10 list that was put together by a young lady with an amazing heart. We’d love to hear from all of you (and your children) if you have other ideas to add to the list. Please consider making a donation to Angel Wings this year. We are going to have plenty of opportunities for volunteering as well. Remember, we are 100% funded by the public and are grateful for every donation. We are looking forward to a fantastic year, knowing that you will be on this journey with us.

Inspiration and Change

on Monday, 28 November 2011. Posted in AWF Blog

It's hard to believe that this is all real.... the week of Thanksgiving 2010, we received a call that a sweet, and adorable two year old named Charlize had been diagnosed with cancer. Her parents, anticipating the birth of their new baby boy the 1st week of December, already had so much on their plate. You can see the story of the Capatch Family on the main page of our website. We are so honored to have been able to walk beside them during this extremely difficult year. It is amazing to us how you can hear someone's story and have it affect you so deeply that it changes you forever.

Throughout this journey, we have seen so many generous donations and acts of kindness. It's inspired us to go big! We are thrilled to be able to branch out, re-do our logo, website and plug into social media. We want to thank Brent, Leia, Charlize and Caedmon for allowing us to be a part of their lives. We are in awe of their strength and courage. We all feel inspired by them and are grateful to them for giving back to AWF by sharing their story on video. Thanks to everyone for their support as Angel Wings Foundation grows and is able to reach out to help other families and individuals in need.

Please continue to follow our blog and explore our new website.

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