Called to action from prayer and inspiration from above, we created “Angel of Hope”, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serving children suffering from poverty in Wilkes County, NC, while sharing the love of Christ. Wilkes County has a very high population of severely impoverished children. By working together with school social workers, guidance counselors, nurses, and other school administrators, Angel of Hope is able to identify those in need and directly respond.
It all started from a prayer from a dear friend and local educator…
“I am asking for some prayers. Prayers that all the needs of WCS children are met. My heart is breaking for the number of kids that don’t want Christmas break. That don’t want to forgo two warm meals and safe place to go daily. Pray for the educators scrambling to met all these needs. Pray for the right words to offer encouragement. Pray for their little hearts to know Jesus and the reason for this season. The letters to Santa from some of our kids broke me. They asked for a warm house, a bed, money to help their parents with bills.”
We have since learned that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the need is staggering. Our hearts break for these children but we have been convicted to use our platform and gifts to help! After much prayer and inspiration from above, attorney and boutique owner, Beth Vannoy, and artist, Christie Younger, organized Angel of Hope.
Our mission is to raise funds to directly help individuals as specific needs arise. Some examples are keeping utilities on, keeping children clean, warm, fed, and healthy, providing funds for transportation, and housing. We have helped by providing propane and heating, fixing plumbing so a families can have running water, and purchasing transportation vouchers so children can receive medical attention. We have provided beds, mattresses, and bedding. We have helped families during times of extreme hardship such as support when children are hospitalized.
Another way we help is by making sure our schools are stocked with hygiene products such as soaps, shampoos, deodorants, and feminine products; new clothing such as underwear and socks; new or gently used clothing such as pants, shirts, coats, shoes, gloves, and hats; blankets and bedding; healthcare products such as bandaids and antibiotic ointment; home goods such as disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, and paper towels; and non perishable food items and pantry staples.
Most importantly we desire to help these children feel loved and cared for by those both near and far. We want them to know and feel God’s love; that their lives truly matter to Him; that He has a plan for their lives; that He wants to prosper them, not harm them, and give them a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Funds are raised from the sale of “Angel of Hope” paintings by acclaimed artist, Christie Younger, which have already touched all corners of the US inviting nationwide support of our small community. One angel can provide so much! Benevolent giving and local donations are also welcomed and can be made at Fruit of the Vine Boutique or Christie Younger, Fine Art Studio, both located in North Wilkesboro, NC.