Project Angel Hugs is a Christ-centered organization ministering to our youth touched by cancer and their families: encouraging them through prayer, words, gifts, and festivities; harnessing the abundant energy from healthy youth to accomplish work generated by this project while instilling in them a passion for volunteering. Our ministries include:
Angel KISS Program
Angel KISSEs are a small craft item handmade by youth who visit our office or by youth across the country and then sent to our office to be forwarded. These are sent first class mail once a month to our children touched by cancer directly to their homes. They are usually enclosed in a handmade card for them.
Angel HUG Program
This is a box full of goodies sent out 4-6 times a year, usually around a holiday or birthday directly to the children's home addresses locally and across the country. The Holiday HUGs also include something for each sibling in the family under the age of 18. These boxes are packed in our office by adult and youth helpers. Contact us if you are interested in helping. Around the child's birthday, gifts are selected from our assorted items donated to put a Birthday HUG together for the child. These are gift wrapped by volunteers at our office and sent to the homes to brighten this child's special day.
To enroll your child in our Angel HUGs and KISSes program, please send us an email.
Our prayer warriors are a very important part of our ministries. We receive email requests and updates on the children enrolled in our program. The largest concerns are sent out via email to those who are willing to cover these children in their prayers. These Prayer Alerts are sent out on an "As Needed Basis".
Please email any prayer concerns to us.
Four times a year we send a "party" to two (2) local hospitals. The four holidays that we prepare these for are Valentines day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
We send food and crafts for each party. For Valentines, we bring each child a packet of Valentines cards from across the country. Because some of these children are unable to attend school for the day, week, month... they may not receive the normal packet of valentines signed by their classmates. So we bring these to them from computer generated, handmade, or store bought sent from schools, youth groups, churches or individuals across the country. We help out the Easter bunny at Easter time, making sure each child will have a basket made just for them waiting when they wake up. At Halloween, we host the Trick or Treat on the cancer unit. Many of these children are not able to go Trick or Treating in the normal fashion, so we send the fun to them. Each holiday the children receive quilts donated by a local group of ladies. These quilts and done in holiday patterns and are given to each child celebrating a holiday away from home.
Christmas time is by far the largest party we take down to the youth. From a tree for each room, along with decorations for that tree, Christmas gifts, crafts and things to pass time.
Local Youth Mission
We also consider working with the local youth one of our ministries. We encourage the local youth to come to office, usually making the first contact with them through a 4-H, church youth, class at a local school, or other type of youth group.
Most come to see our Angel KISS Gathering program, hearing the history of Project Angel Hugs and Nessa's Story. How one little girl's spirit touched many lives. Then they make their own Angel KISS card for a child affected by cancer. These same youth will come back on their own and help out at our office after school, on work day/nights, or during fundraisers. Early Release afternoons we usually host 30-almost 40 local youth in our office. They make some Angel KISSes for us along with spending time with friends watching movies and participating in our monthly contests.
We keep refreshments and snacks on hand for the youth. We are able to give the youth a place to volunteer and put some of that energy to good use...but still under adult supervision. Our after school and early release programs are open to 5th grade and older students. They are required when arriving, to sign in and give a phone number where we can reach a parent.
Thanksgiving Angel KISS handmade by one of our local youth sent to a child touched by cancer.