November Newsletter

CHRISTMAS GIVING 2020
ANGEL STYLE

Regarding our Annual Christmas Celebration, due to COVID and the fact that most of the agencies are still working remotely, we will be doing our annual Christmas Celebration different than previous years. We want to make sure everyone feels safe while at the same time we want this event to be special and heartwarming Angel Style! We are working on the details of how to do the gift exchange and we will keep everyone informed of the details in our December Newsletter. WE NEED YOUR HELP especially this year to put smiles on the faces of these children who faced many challenges this year. PLEASE support our Christmas Giving Program by adopting a child for Christmas. When we work in numbers as a TEAM, we can make it happen. Please contact Sandy Kearney at [email protected] if you want to help! We are working with our community partners on getting the wish list for the kids and will pass it on to any individuals or businesses who want to help make a difference in the lives of these children!

THESE PICTURES ARE STOCK PICTURES VS ACTUAL PHOTOS DUE TO THE CONFIDENTIAL NATURE OF CHILDREN IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM.

Campbell Park Elementary
Definitely Something to Smile About

This past week we held an IDT staffing for JH. Our little JH was able to attend his IDT staffing alongside his mother.

Last year JH was suspended several times and was sent to the behavior room daily. This year he has not went down to the behavior room at all. He was very happy about discussing his improved behavior. JH’s attitude is so positive about this school year and he really enjoys his teacher. When she appeared on the call, he shared that he “loves his teacher so much”.

Without prompting from his therapist, he shared how he knows how to calm himself down. JH stated that he gets “10” points almost every day (students can earn up to 10). This same kid had no friends last year but now was naming at least 3 kids in class he says are his best friends this year.

April Lott, CEO
Directions for Living

WE LOVE THE ANGELS!

HEALTHY START PAT+ PROGRAM

We had a mom give birth a month early and she has nothing we got some of the basics for her but was wondering if you could help with anything else. The few things that she could use are a bouncy seat and a baby bath. We appreciate everything you do for us.

When COVID first hit our community and our country, it was hard to imagine light at the end of the tunnel. Now we see HOPE on the horizon in the eyes of our children that there is something to look forward to. It has been the mission of the Angels for over 15 years to make a difference in their lives and give them HOPE for a better tomorrow! Thank you Angels for all you do.

Thank you Angels for our bunk beds, comforter sets and stuffed animals. Our room looks so amazing and we cannot thank you enough for making it happen. We thought we would just be getting a bed, but what you did to give us a happy room was amazing!

Mouse Nibbles Program

The Kind Mouse has been busier than ever during this difficult time packing and delivering to hungry children and families by filling there little bellies. No child should go to bed hungry and thanks to the Kind Mouse, little bellies get filled every day! The Angels are honored to be a part of keeping little tummies full by assisting with this epidemic! Thank you Gina for paving the way!

Healthy Start PAT+ Program

We as an agency have been blessed to deliver food to families on Wednesday. Getting to see the babies go through the bags is so sweet.

Watching the families adapt to zoom visits have been fun. The kiddos are starting to understand how to use the cameras and definitely go crazy with the cameras some days. It definitely makes all of us smile and laugh

OUR COVD GIVING ANGELS

Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations that have helped us to keep going through COVID. Thanks to these amazing people and organizations, we have been able to provide assistance to the many community partners that come to us in time of need.

Thank you to the following:

Timothy & Jill Griffifh, Neil & Cindy Campbell, The Wood Family Foundation, The Speer Foundation, Socius Foundation, Ken Heretick, Creative Outdoor Advertising of America, Duke Energy, Jan’s Mission, Joan Carmody, Jason Meland, Monica Hidalgo, Brittany Mills, Brad Ball, The St Pete Glitter Queens, Scott & Dixie Steciw , Al & Susie Bennati, April Lott and Werner Enterprises

From the bottom of our Hearts “Thank You”

SHARE SOME NEWS!

We would love to share some good news to our Angels, Friends and Families that receive this newsletter. During these times of uncertainty, fear and frustrations, good news gives us Hope and something to brighten our days. We know there is some amazing work being done by so many individuals and agencies in our community so please share your stories so we can pass them on to others. Please email Sandy Kearney at [email protected] and we will make sure your stories are shared in our next newsletter.

Healthy Start PAT+ Program

Healthy Start recently announced that Angels Against Abuse was named their Volunteers of the Year for all we do for the little ones and their moms throughout the year! Thank you so much for this recognition.

PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ANGEL ASSISTANCE

Kelly Johnson, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has requested uniforms, school supplies, tablets, gift cards and other back to school assistance. This is a busy time for the Angels to make a difference in the lives of these children.

Directions for Living

When our good friend Damia Kelly, Directions for Living, sends out a distress signal, the Angels are ready and willing to fulfill the needs of the children and youth who could be or are facing homelessness due to these challenging and difficult times. During the Pandemic, there have been so many emergency needs and families in desperate need of everything and the Angels have filled many requests that will give these families and children Hope for a better tomorrow.

The Angel Resource Center has remained stocked and available for the needs of our community partners. To further assist them during this challenging times, we have had many items shipped directly to them to keep everyone safe and out of harms way.

Friends of the Children Mentoring Program

Putting a smile on a child’s face is what we do, especially during difficult times like we are all experiencing at this time, but our hearts go out to all the children and youth who already have challenges and obstacles to overcome, so if we can give them Hope and a little something to brighten our day, we are doing our mission! Thank you community partners for sharing smiles with the Angels!

Busy Bees ALL Year Round…

The Angels are excited to assist with the children’s needs during this challenging time. We know how excite the kids are to be returning to school and seeing their friends. Let’s encourage our kids to respect each other and understand that every day is a blessing and loving one another is so much easier than not!

Campbell Park – First Five Program

The Campbell Park Elementary School (First Five Program) is under way and changing lives even during the Pandemic. The Expert is currently working full time with the children and families daily. All services are provided to the children, teachers and parents virtually using Zoom technology. These services are provided at no cost to the families.There is constant oversight to make sure the children are safely housed. There are presently over 100 pre-school and elementary school children attending Campbell Park Elementary who are homeless or housing unstable living in a hotel/motel. The Angels recently provided uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies and tablets for learning. These little children are over the moon happy to be living normal lives and participating moms and dads!

The Angel Visitation Center

Despite COVID the Angel Center is doing AWESOME! Ashley has kept it going because she knows how important it is for the children to see their parents. The Angel Center is almost back to full capacity and everyone is following the COVID guidelines. We are so proud to see reunifications taking place during this challenging time and everyone who walks through the front door of the Center feels Welcome and grateful to visit their children. We welcome visitors who would like to have a tour of our facility if you have never seen it. You always walk through the doors with a smile and leave with a smile!

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED…

Making Masks Fun

The Angels feel that if our little ones have to endure a mask, it should be a fun and fancy one so we took on the challenge of creating fun masks for kids starting back to school. We will be providing 250 children’s masks and 100 adult masks to our little ones and big ones who can use a smile!

Contact Sandy Kearney to request masks. We are limited on our supply but will do our best to accommodate you!

[email protected]

To all the first responders, the community leaders, the generous individuals and our Angels who are making a difference in the lives of children and families. Over the past several months you have worked tireless hours to help the children and families in our community who are in need of so much be safe and cared for. To all of our friends and family members who are struggling through this difficult time, our prayers and thoughts are with you!

NEVER lose sight of HOPE, hold on to your FAITH, and know that WE are all in this TOGETHER! God never puts more on our plate than we can handle and there will be brighter days ahead of us. WE all need to pull together as ONE and find PEACE and HARMONY in our days ahead!

NO MEETINGS SCHEDULED UNTIL JANUARY 2021

Unfortunately COVID Is Still In Charge Of Our Days,
however PCC is reopening on a very limited number of people
and many guidelines to follow, but we are grateful for what we can get!
If you are interested in attending, it will be based on when you RSVP

It’s Still Important We Stay In Touch To Let You Know Our News!
Hopefully Our Monthly News Will Give You An Update of
Angels Making A Difference…

We have a lot to do to get ready for the holidays so please start working on your wish list.
prepare for this huge undertaking.

JUST HANG IN THERE!

Are you coming to our Angel Meeting?

LOCATION
Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center

DATE AND TIME
1/12/21 8:30am – 1/12/21 9:30am

Welcome back meeting from COVID-19

SINCE OUR April 19th 2020 Annual Blue Ribbon Gala has been cancelled for this year, and rescheduled for April 10th 2021, we still are making a difference in the lives of so many children in our community who need our assistance. We have been working hand in hand with our community partners helping to get these children ready for school as well as assisting with the many needs of our homeless families trying to keep their children safe and our of the child welfare system. As you can imagine, since we were unable to host our annual Blue Ribbon event, our ability to raise funds has been challenging. Every dollar we do receive is immediately put directly on a child’s need. If there are any individuals or businesses that would like to help us help our kids, please DONATE. Since the BRG is our only annual event that raises awareness in our community as to what we do for the children who are victims of abuse and neglect, but how we raise the funds to sustain the many programs we provide. Right now we could use your help big or small to help our kids! Every dollar makes a difference. We are stronger than ever to have survived such a challenging time but imagine how difficult it has been for these vulnerable children who have already suffered so much. We could use a lending hand if you can help! You can make a donation directly on our Facebook page or our website www.angelsagainstabuse.org.

For those of you that have already donated, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!

JOIN US APRIL 10TH 2021 FOR A SPECIAL CELEBRATION – OUR BLUE RIBBON GALA

Angels Against Abuse Gives HOPE,
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow….

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR WRITING YOUR REVIEWS!
IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR TO GET THOSE REVIEWS IN. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT SO PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND WRITE A REVIEW TO LET EVERYONE KNOW HOW WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. YOUR WORDS SPEAK VOLUMES IN THE COMMUNITY!

PLEASE CLICK ON THE BUTTONS FOR EACH OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITY AND ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE PART OF ANGELS AGAINST ABUSE, INC. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AND [email protected]ey.com

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

We are looking for volunteers for all of our upcoming events. Please contact Sandy Kearney by clicking on the above link and let us know which of our upcoming events you are available to help volunteer. Please remember that all of these events benefit the Angels and your support will make a difference. Thank you for your support!

When it comes to helping others, there are no little things…the accumulation of a lot of little things isn’t little…it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us…none of us can do everything at one, but all of us can do something at once…one person can make a difference, and every person must try…

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

2020

Annual Christmas Celebration
(to be announced)

Good Bye Until 2021
HAPPY NEW YEAR
WE WELCOME 2021

2021
January 12th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

January 30th 2021 – 6:00 PM -11:00 PM
8th annual Kind Mouse Mousequerade
The Kapok Tree
923 N. McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL

April 10th 2021 – 6:00 PM -11:00 PM
Annual Blue Ribbon Gala
The St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL