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