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Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence

Mission: The mission of the Angels is to build awareness and educate the community with regard to existing and/or potential neglect and abuse against children. To provide support, monetarily and through hands on volunteer hours to neglected and abused children who are removed from an abusive situation or are in danger of removal.

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65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is a wonderful organization that is a compendium of different and diverse community partners. All these agencies come together to provide support to our community and the most vulnerable, our children. It's been one of the best experiences of my professional career to be able to work with these true ANGELS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Angels are a blessing to many families in our community. They fill inn so many gaps in our community that it would be impossible to replicate.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attended the Expo last week representing The Kidz Club and loved the experience. It was wonderful to collaborate and meet so many agencies that are trying to improve the life of children on a daily basis. Thanks for the invitation looking forward to working together in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Angels Against Abuse is the most responsive organization to serving children and families. This group of Angels are generous, kind, and always willing to help.

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Guerrero K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can only state my facts and truth regarding this particular charity. The Angels Against Abuse Organization is the top for me. Why, you ask. My answer is simple, the money is spent on the children, the people are here for the children, the goals are to help the children. There is no better cause that I can support. Thank you for restoring my faith in charitable organizations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A special place in heaven exists for all the Angels. I prayed for God to show me a path for my future and someday I hope to be an Angel on the level of the current Team Awesome as they truly are inspiring, caring, and hardworking people. What a gift to know that when you give of yourself, time, emotion, advice, sweat, tears, and gifts.............. All this will help an innocent child through an honest organization.

Nikki Lombardi D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Year after year, many children and families fall through the cracks. Angels Against Abuse is there to help so many in the community, from needed supplies to reunification. They provide rooms for meets, give children in the system a chance to have a day to be a normal child with events and such, and making sure that they have what they need. They truly are Angels in our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everyone involved with this charity truly cares about the children in the foster care system. If you know someone who has been in the system, you know how much is lacking. It takes a great group of people to step up and try to fill these holes and help the children through the most difficult time of their lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is such an amazing organization and have always helped me!! I love the Angel Center!

Paul M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Angels go far beyond expectations to help children who are in the foster care system!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the Angels Against Abuse, and as a Guardian ad-litem, I am always amazed at the level of commitment and care that the Angels have for the children in our community.
From the visitation center, to supporting the Child Protective Services group and The Kind Mouse, Angels does whatever it takes, no questions asked!

Donor

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is a local charity that help foster children in the Tampa Bay Area. They recently opened the Angel Center where children can have supervised visits with their parents as they work to be reunified. They help support many of the local agencies that are involved in the foster care system by providing quick response when there is a need for clothing, bedding, and other items. At Christmas time they make the magic of Christmas come true for several hundred children. The Angels are a blessing to our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is an amazing charity that helps the foster children in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties in Florida. They quietly assist many community partners such as Eckerd Family Services, Directions For Living, Ready For Life, the Department of Child Welfare and many more. Last year they opened up the Angel Visitation Center. This center allows families to have safe supervised visitations in a fun setting. This visitation center is the first of its kind in Pinellas County and is having a positive impact on foster children and their families in helping with the reunification process.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I could not say enough wonderful things about this nonprofit. The wonderful volunteers and their inspirational leader Sandy are an absolute blessing to the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done some volunteer work for this organization and I can say that they are focused on achieving the goals. They work non stop to make things happen and make the area a better place.

Brenna Boyd M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one charity that is really making a difference in peoples' lives. I am so thankful that Angels Against Abuse is in my area for those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering for this fantastic charity during their main fundraising event. The cause as well as the people involved are fantastic!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is a wonderful non profit. It helps give abused and neglected children in the Foster Care System hope and support. Sandy Kearney, the founder, works tirelessly supporting other agencies who need Angels support. Angels truly make a difference within the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity run by volunteers to help abused and neglected children within the Foster Care system. A brand new, incredible visitation center has just opened through the incredible efforts of our passionate founder, Sandy Kearney. Angels Against Abuse is changing lives for these children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding group of people! The process of requesting assistance for children and families in fast and efficient! In fact, its better than any organization I have worked with over the past 15 years!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've witnessed first had how this organization benefits abused children through the work and services they provide. Dedicated staff who are committed to helping children that have been separated from their family due to dangerous and abusive environments. They are making a positive difference in our community and I believe whole heartedly they deserve the recognition and trust that they will continue reaching out and helping abused children in many, many ways.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The children in our community benefit tremendously. Working with such a vulnerable population that are experiencing more trauma than most of us will ever experience in a lifetime are being blessed by the Angels generosity. These acts of kindness are putting smiles on children's faces across Pinellas County. Thank you Angels for helping to take care of our children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This charity is a good steward of donated funds used to build awareness and educate the community with regard to existing or potential neglect and abuse against children. They are unique in that they can act quickly when necessary, to provide timely support to neglected and abused children. The Angel's Visitation Center is a wonderful place created to allow case worker and family visitations to occur in a safe and happy environment.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member I have an inside look at one of the most responsible and rewarding boards I've ever experienced. There are no paid employees and administrative costs in this organization are kept extraordinarily low because of the volunteers who absorb expenses that normally would be charged to the charity. The result is that donations directly assist abused children or children at risk of abuse who desperately need our help.

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Patsy S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a member of "the Angels" and as a non-profit executive, I see the good work that is done on a daily basis for foster children. The Angels meet little and do a lot. There is never a need that comes to the group that doesn't get attention. If there is a way for the group to help, they will. Hard working, dedicated to the cause, all about the kids.

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Laura B.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is a wonderful organization helping our community. They are committed to making better lives for all that they serve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization:
Collects donations
Solicits volunteers; individuals and organizations
Creates fantastic events
It's leaders mix it all together
And actually help kids one on one with their immediate needs
Hold some fun events for them like Mad Hatter.
It does not get any better
I know, I have seen the results on the kids faces...smiles, amazement, joy, appreciation.
FLY Angels FLY

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse represents the best parts of the spirit of charity. The diversity of its members' backgrounds and skills is a complement to what unites them: the simple desire to help. Florida's child welfare system is under incredible burdens, and The Angels unique role in it as fast actors, connectors, and quick-responders provides much needed support. I've been lucky enough to volunteer with Sandy and The Angels for several months now, and cannot recommend them enough.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Angels Against Abuse Inc for 9 years. Each year I am more amazed at the accomplishments of this 100% volunteer organization. The passion of the Angels' president to help children in need is infectious. Every volunteer catches this passion and passes it on. Being 100% volunteer means almost every penny donated goes straight to the children. The volunteers are incredible. The hope that is spread to children and families in the welfare system is heart warming.
When Angels commit to providing hands on, material or monetary assistance, they do so within 24 hours. This means needs are met immediately.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The laughter of a child is priceless. There are thousands of children in the Florida Welfare system and Angels Against Abuse not only brings awareness to the situation but helps bring hope and love to these children in a very real and tangible way. Angels are 100% volunteer based and pride themselves on being able to bring help to children within 24 hours of a request from the child's caregiver or child agency. The hope brought to a child, in the way of braces that change their life, is priceless. The hope brought to children, in the way of tablets for educational purposes by their mentors, is priceless. These children are in a situation of hopelessness because they have been removed from their homes. The goal of the Angels is to bring hope to children in the system so they, in turn, can pass it on and break the cycle of abuse in their future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had the opportunity to work with Angels Against Abuse and hve to say these people know how to get things done, most recently by opening the first ever dedicated visitation center. This is a very worthy organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing Non Profit helping to fill a void in our community. It is very unfortunate that a need for this organization is required but it is. I can not say enough the work being done by one of the brightest Angels I know (Sandy Kearney) and her group of Angels. Thanks for being there for the ones who can not speak for themselves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse goes above and beyond to make things happen for youth who are receiving services from the lead agencies in foster care! They are able to act quickly to ensure children and foster care families get what they need during a particularly traumatic time in their lives. The Angels are responsive and innovation to create solutions and meet the needs of the youth and lead agencies they provide support for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing nonprofit!!! I have seen the work they do in our community. There is no task too small and no obstacle too large for them to take on. I have seen the faces of the little children and the difference this organization makes in the lives of their little hearts and I'm totally overwhelmed!! The Angels go above and beyond on a regular basis. I have worked with may nonprofit organizations in the past, but none exceed the limits the Angels are willing to go to help disadvantaged children. Their mission, vision, and values are second to none! We are truly blessed to have Angels Against Abuse!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is constantly working to improve the lives of children in need. Wherever there is a child in need , you will find the Angels involved in solving the problem. They work with many different agencies. They have recently opened an Angels center to accommodate children who have been taken out of their homes to visit with their parents. Their goal is to help make life easier for struggling children and find ways to put a smile on their little faces. I believe the organization is life changing for the children it touches!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Angels Against Abuse for about 4 years now. It has truly been life changing for me.
This is a charity that operates from a total heart space. Not only do they work with many different agencies, but they are dedicated to helping all children in distress. It is sometimes kids who have aged out of the foster care
program and are trying to get a start in life. It can be an urgent call from Pinellas County Sheriff Dept. requesting
help with supplies for children taken out of their homes, and removed from their parents. It can be providing
bedding, clothes or gifts for a child in need. It can be The Mad Hatter Tea Party for kids in foster care-a way to make kids feel special and cared for. This is a top notch agency. Definitely deserves 5 stars!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported this wonderful and worthy organization for many years that reaches out to assist and comfort abused children, with loving care straight from the heart of its wonderful founder, Sandy Kearney. I recently toured their new facility, the Angel Center, where broken families and abused children will have a welcoming safe harbor environment with inviting and beautifully decorated rooms according to the age group of the children they serve. It's a "special place" where children and families can be restored. Angels Against Child Abuse has a proven track record of intervention on behalf of child victims of abuse. The testimonials from the children themselves are overwhelmingly heartfelt and proof of the benefits they've received, which they share each year with the audience at the annual fundraising gala. And each year, as a member of the audience, our hearts are full as we measure the growth and positive results Angels Against Child Abuse has made, through candid and very personal testimonials from the children about their life "before and after" the Angels intervened. There are so many branches of aid that receive assistance from the Angels, far reaching for me to enumerate, but I hope you will take my word for it. I can honestly say I have personally witnessed the many ways Angels Against Child Abuse has positively impacted the lives of abused children who would otherwise have fallen through the cracks. Through the work of their intervention on behalf of abused children in our community, Angels Against Child Abuse is making a difference! It is saving and restoring lives! This is one organization that is truly dedicated to abused children, where your donations will be honored through rebuilding young lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is a consistent presence in the life of a foster child. Not only do they follow the child through their foster care journey, they team up with agencies to improve the life of the foster children.

We are very grateful for all Angels Against Abuse does for all of the children of Pinellas County.

Gina WIlkins
Founder/CEO
The Kind Mouse Productions, Inc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Angels Against Abuse for five years now. I am also a Director of one of the agencies that the Angels supports. Sandy and the team are always willing to help children and families in need to help prevent child abuse and neglect and have helped so many people in Pinellas County.

I called Sandy the other day because my friend is a School Social Worker in St. Pete and one of his students has lice but his family cannot afford treatment for his hair, home, and vehicle. Without hesitation, Sandy said that the Angels would take care of it.

We are lucky to have such a great resource in our community!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AAA is an outstanding group that offers fast support to at risk young adults that have aged out of foster care!! Every request I have made has been approved in a incredible turn around time!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse has been a great partner for Eckerd Kids in our service foster children. The Angels time and time again have helped our highest risk foster children get their needs met through donations from the Angels and sharing of resources. I commend this wonderful organization for the amazing work they do for children in the Tampa Bay area!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Angels were an important partner in an effort to get a teen living in foster care the dental braces needed to improve not only his appearance but his self esteem. His teeth were in bad shape and thanks to the help from Angels, this young man will soon feel more confident and smile at the thought of the future he has ahead of him!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Angels are an amazing organization. They give such strong support to children, volunteers and families. Angels have truly been great to surrounding programs and organizations in a joint effort to help the abused children in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is an organization like no other. They open their hearts and reach out to so many children in need through multiple organizations!! They hold a large expo every year, so that all local charitable organizations can come together and learn out about one another, and see how they can all collaborate together to help the children in this area. I am proud to call myself and Angel and because of them, I now volunteer with 2 additional organizations! I honestly cannot say enough about Sandy Kearney and all of her angels!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is a wonderful organization and they do wonderful work for the most vulnerable children and young adults in our community. 100% of all money raised goes to the children with the organization being ran 100% by volunteers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Angels are truly angels. I am a volunteer Guardian ad Litem working with a grandmother who had custody of four grandchildren, all sleeping in her bed. As soon as I mentioned this to the angels they asked me if I could meet one of them at Walmart that afternoon to get bedding for them. What a surprise - no questions asked just how soon could they help. I met them, received bunk beds, mattresses, toddler bed, sheets, blankets, pillows and more. What a blessing for this grandmother who had been sleeping on her couch.

Another time I had a teenage boy who had been in and out of the dependency system for years and was having a very difficult time dealing with life. The only thing he had that was stable in his life was baseball. He is a very good player and with the angels help was able to get a new baseball glove. This doesn't sound like much, but when he made his High School baseball team he was using a very old hand-me-down glove that didn't fit properly and the other boys made fun of him. He had a very low self-esteem and this only made things worse. He was ready to quit the team. With his new glove he was the envy of the other boys, his playing improved, his grades improved and he began socializing with those around him. This gift from the Angels gave this teenager a new lease on life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Angels against Abuse through a case that I had involving a 3 year old girl who was removed from her Mother, who was living in a Group Home at the time. The baby girl was removed at a few months old as the Mother was unable to provide a safe environment due to her problems. The child was in a foster home for 2 years then switched to a new foster home where she had adjustment problems. To make a long story shorter, the child was reunited with her Mother, who in the interim had another child with the Father. This is where Angels stepped in. The case manager from Angels was extremely helpful in ensuring that the children had clothing, bedding, even food and that the Mother followed up on her case plan - particularly parenting skills. The happy ending is that the Mother was given full custody and the GAL program was no longer involved. I do not believe this would have happened without the support and encouragement of the Angel.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse does amazing things for kids in the foster care system in Pinellas County. When my husband and I learned the scope of need amongst these kids and the things Angels does to help, we knew we had to get involved.

There are no paid roles at Angels. All dollars raised go directly to serving the needs of the community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is a blessing in our community. Sandy Kearney and her whole team work hard to respond to the needs of our children quickly and to fill gaps when there are no other resources available. Angels Against Abuse provides birthday bags so children in the Guardian ad Litem Program have something to celebrate on their special day. In addition, Angels Against Abuse funds gas cards for our Guardian ad Litem volunteers who might be unable to do home visitations outside of the area without their support. Volunteers have told us that the gas cards help remove an obstacle to their volunteerism and Guardian ad Litem volunteers are essential for the child to have a voice in court. Thank you Angels Against Abuse for being their for our most vulnerable population.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Guardian ad litem in the 6th district of Pinellas and Pasco counties in Florida, I have seen the difference that it makes for a child in foster care. Getting an Angel gift bag for their birthdays, when it may be the only thing they get is so important. Angels also supports Gal's by giving gas cards to help defray the cost of visiting our children. It goes on and on. Angels Against Abuse is awesome!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Angels have put together an amazing team of volunteers who have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children over the past 10 years. Their partnerships with the various agencies and their willingness to be the quick responders to the many needs that exist for these children and youth who have been abused and neglected has been amazing. Thank you Angels for all you do to give these children HOPE for a better tomorrow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful, far-reaching association of thoughtful, caring individuals wanting to touch the lives of children in need. I'm a "newby" to the group, but their outreach touches lives now and makes a difference far, far down the line.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Angels Against Abuse is an amazing organization. They support so many efforts in our community, but one that is so critical is supporting youth "aging out" of the foster care system. Angels provides funds so the we can provide bus passes and gas cards for these young adults to get to school, work, dr. appointments and more. Our community is blessed to have Angels Against Abuse. Kathy Plummer, Ready for Life, Inc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen the good work that Angels Against Abuse does in our Community for one of our most vulnerable populations, children in foster care. They work diligently to help both children and parents navigate a confusing and overburdened system

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Angels Against Abuse for 9 years and I have seen some amazing miracles! WE have helped foster parents with needs (beds for children, clothing) Bus passes for youth aging out of the system (Ready for Life), gas cards for Guardian Ad Litem to help pay for transportation to and from their charges. Hosted the "Mad Hatter Tea Party" for 500 children, mostly from foster care and free of charge to them. We have a balloon twister, a game room, face painters, hat making, photo op's, live entertainment, characters in costume, door prizes, and a tea party!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer Angels Against Abuse since it started 10 years ago. I can whole heartedly say our president has a passion for making a difference for children in the foster care system. She works with out any compensation except making a difference in children's lives. We are quick responders. If any other organization needs the Angels help our goal is to respond quickly and get them what they need.
I can't praise the group enough and hope all can see the need for them in our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For years, this organization has worked tirelessly to bring together, support, and enrich organizations that are critical in serving the ever-changing needs of local children and families. We are fortunate to have such "Angels"!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the Founder & President of Angels Against Abuse, Inc. I could not be more proud of the impact that we have had on thousands of children and youth in our community over the past 9 years who have been abused and neglected . The Angels are best known as the "quick responders" in our community to quickly address the needs of the children needing assistance. We have become the "connectors" in the community for getting the various resources and providers to work together as a team in hopes of having a greater impact on the children, youth and families we advocate for. Our Annual Child Advocacy Expo has become a very important tool to these agencies to share with one another and come up with ways to better serve these children. The Angels take pride in our ability to research the many needs of these children and develop programs to assist the agencies that we partner with in our community. We receive no government funding and we are 100% volunteer based. Check out our website: www.angelsagainstabuse.org. for more information Sandy Kearney

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our business is a proud donor to this wonderful charity. We always know 100% of our donation goes to the needs of these children. The love and compassion of the Angel's makes you want to get involved and make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity that I am proud to be a part of. As Angels, we help kids in the foster program beyond what Pinellas county can provide. We give birthday parties, we host special events, we adopt families in need for all kinds of reasons. We work with many other organizations in Pinellas county and have a wonderful group of volunteers to do things for kids--simply because we want to. Great group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year the Angels host an event called The Mad Hatter Tea Party which is a day for the children from 2 to 12 who live in foster care where they invite the children and their families to attend a magical experience that fills their day with hope and smiles. This experience has become one of the communities best known events in our area for these children and every year there is a wait list. This past year there were over 540 foster kids and their families who attended this event at the St Pete Coliseum and watching their faces as they walked through the doors, there are no words to express the faces of joy as they entered this magical experience. What they do for children in our community is amazing. I am so proud to be one of the volunteers who help to make this day happen!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Angels have made a difference in thousands of children and youth's lives in the child welfare system over the past 9 years and given them Hope for a better tomorrow. The Angels give these children memories to get them through their tough times and the joy of knowing there are individuals in the community who are making strides to make a difference in their lives. The Angels make it happen when it counts!

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