Calling All Angels was founded during a time of great need within our family. For those of you who are not already familiar with us, please visit our "How We Came To Be" page so you may fully understand what has so propelled us to “pay it forward”: Ally's struggle with keeping her critically ill child, Jimmy, home.
Jimmy passed away at the age of 14 on September 18, 2010, one week before the Calling All Angels benefit. Instead of just a benefit, it was transformed into a beautiful memorial to the life of a beautiful child. Jimmy taught us many things during his difficult yet joyful life. Inside that battered body was a perfect soul, and his message of pure, unconditional love inspires us to help others. After providing a young woman who faced enormous medical challenges a 21st birthday party with gifts and cake at Mass General Hospital, we received a thank-you letter. It was written the night before she was finally discharged, with her future still uncertain. In her letter she said, “When I was on the doorstep of death, you lifted me up. You, your family, and your son Jimmy picked me up and opened more doors for me than you will ever know. I call it 'The Jimmy Effect'.” She went on to say that she had felt it might be easier for her friends and family if she passed away, but that the love and kindness of strangers reminded her that she was important and valued. We want to continue to remind these children and families of exactly that, so we have become “Calling All Angels, Inc.”, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Our mission is to “Spread joy and laughter one smile at a time”. We interpret this as being many things: paying a few overdue bills for stressed parents who are doing their best to keep a sick child healthy and home, or giving a birthday party with gifts to a child whose life has been greatly defined by illness, or a manicure and pedicure to a mother whose life has been a roller-coaster of hospital stays and emergencies. Often the closeness and camaraderie of a family who has “been there” is a huge help. We are also able to point families in the direction of needed services, as well as help them learn to advocate for their child. 10% of all funds raised will go toward our long-term goal of a future respite home for critically ill children. The need for quality, loving and safe respite care is immense. We recognize that care-givers have a need for well-deserved rest; time to focus on themselves and other family members so that they may continue to keep their sick child home. Our goal is to provide a “home away from home” that we feel would have been worthy of Jimmy. We are looking to our community to work with and support us in making our dream a reality.
Our second annual 5K Run, Stroll or Roll will be Sunday, June 30th with a raindate of Sunday, July 7th at Capron Park in Attleboro, MA. Please feel free to contact us. We are also on Facebook.
If you are unable to attend our benefits but would like to donate to a wonderful cause, checks payable to Calling All Angels may be either mailed or given in person to: Rockland Federal Credit Union, 652 East Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760. Every single person who has donated, whether it was one dollar, or ten, or five hundred, and the businesses who donated services and goods, have made a huge difference to us and give us the faith to continue with this endeavor. You know who you are, we know who you are, and your kindness is not forgotten.
Calling All Angels
Spreading joy and laughter, one smile at a time.
We celebrate Jimmy's birthday with our 5K. This year we wanted to show you just how well-loved this little boy was, and how much he loved his family.