Volunteering is an important part of my life. Over the years I have volunteered with different organizations and groups. For the past few years, I have worked with Angels of Destiny. Angels of Destiny makes ribbon angels to give to people facing life-threatening illnesses. Some of the angels are mailed to people across the country and others are delivered in person to hospitals and cancer centers.
I met the founder, Linda, over twelve years ago at an event with a motorcycle ministry with our church. At that time Linda made ceramic angels and painted them by hand. A few of our ladies at church volunteered at one of her work days and painted angels. At that time she lived in another town, but would come deliver the angels to patients in the Houston Medical Center. Linda moved closer to Houston a few years ago which gave me the opportunity to volunteer more often with her.
I had to get out of my comfort zone when I started volunteering with Angels of Destiny on a more regular basis. Linda sent a message to me one day letting me know that the person who went with her to the children’s hospitals was not able to go. This person would dress up as a princess and hand out angels to the children. She asked if I would consider taking her place. Without really thinking about it, I said yes. At that time, I was in between jobs and had time to spare. I had to find an outfit suitable for a princess. It was not close to Halloween and costumes were not readily available, so I got a hold of a friend who I knew had a pink dress that would be perfect. Well, the rest, as they say, is history. Each time we went to the children’s hospitals in Houston and Galveston, I would dress up and hand out angels. One time, we went to another hospital and I didn’t have time to change, so the adults got a visit from a princess that day! Even though I don’t dress up as a princess anymore, I still enjoy the visits.
Our group has made several different kinds of angels over the years. From ceramic angels, cardboard box angels, pillow angels and now ribbon angels. We get together a few times during the year and have work days to make the angels. We have people who live in other cities and states who make angels and send them to us. There is a video we posted on YouTube showing how to make the ribbon angels. Local children’s groups get together and make cards for Christmas and Valentine’s Day for us to hand out. Also, during Christmastime, we go “caroling” through the hospitals. We definitely make a joyful noise, but everyone enjoys it. It is great to see the nurses and doctors enjoying the songs along with the patients joining in and singing along.
We have met many wonderful people during our visits. Young children facing cancer treatments; a teenager living in a hotel with his mother, hundreds of miles away from most of their family waiting on a phone call to receive a heart transplant; middle-aged women battling breast cancer; men and women who served in the military; retired priests; severe burn victims from other countries; average, everyday people not knowing what tomorrow may bring; and the list could go on and on. They all had something in common, a strong will to overcome the obstacles they faced. We have been blessed to meet them and hear their stories.
I wanted to tell this story to not to brag about what I do, but to encourage you to consider becoming a volunteer if you don’t already. In this day and age that seems to be centered around self, it is refreshing to see people doing good for others. There are countless ways and places to volunteer. Local and national organizations, churches, shelters, civic groups, schools, libraries, youth athletic groups, and many others could not do what they do without volunteers. Visit the Angels of Destiny website to learn more about what we do – I encourage you to join us!
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“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)