An update regarding “Angels of Hope” was the focal point of the Three Rivers Lions Club meeting Tuesday evening (November 22nd).
Roberta Jackson and Arnie Gerstein of Heartlight Center provided background information regarding the project, which is a non-profit offered through the Angel Workshop at Heartlight Center on Shimmel Road near Sturgis.
Angels of Hope began in 2006 with the dream of presenting a beautiful handmade wooden Angel to every nursing home, children’s hospital, hospice house, or other facility that wanted one, knowing that each Angel carries the message of all Angels, “Do not be afraid. You are not alone.” Since its inception, the project has placed over 1000 Angels. Every state in the United States now has one.
Due to the massive devastationin the United States and around the world, Angels of Hope expanded its outreach to include areas suffering from disasters, conflicts, and upheaval. With this international effort, which now includes Japan, Haiti, Israel, Mexico, Egypt, Libya and the Middle East, Angels of Hope is seeking translators in the community to aid in making the Angels language and country specific. There are also efforts being made to include cat and dog Angels for animal shelters caring for animals injured or separated due to natural disasters.
For more information, persons interested in assisting with this program either through donations of money or time may either call Heartlight Center at (269) 651-2234 or use their website – www.theangelworkshop.com.
The meeting also included discussion of the on-going Nut Sale Project, the Christmas Newspaper Ad Sale, the Christmas Party scheduled at the Carnegie Center on December 13, and the Christmas Food and Toy Project scheduled for Saturday, December 17.
The next Board of Directors’ meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 28th. All members are welcome to attend. The next regular meeting will be the Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 13 at the Carnegie Center (bring an unwrapped toy).
The Three Rivers Lions Club is always seeking new members. If you are interested, contact any Lions Club member.
Source: Story by Lion Doug Gross, photo by Lion Bruce Snook