The Alpha Omega Angels are looking forward to their upcoming work in the Huntsville community this year.
The organization founded in 2015 by Alpha Ashley and is best known for serving meals during Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, the organization does much more.
“Originally, the organization saw that people in our community were hungry and we wanted to help,” said Yolanda Smith, a member of the Alpha Omega Angels. “We allow the entire community to come to our annual meals as we try to bring everyone a little joy.”
In the organization's first year, Ashley and the other members of the group were able to feed more than 400 people from around the community. The group also hosted a Christmas dinner where they were able to feed another 800 people last year.
It has only grown since then.
“The community has really shown us a lot of support,” Smith added. “We have received many donations and now have been able to donate gifts to children during our christmas meals. Some of them may not receive anything otherwise. It makes us feel great to bring a smile to them.”
The first event for the Angels in 2019 will be the 5th Annual Barbara Wiggs Fun Day in the Park on April 6. Wiggs, a former teacher at the Roxie Douglas Learning Institute, wanted to host an event for the children to have a good time and enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, Wiggs passed away before she could see her idea come to fruition. That is where the Angels came in.
“We wanted to turn Barbara’s vision into reality,” Smith said. “The event has grown each year and become a big celebration. The Fun Day in the Park is my passion.”
The event now features over 30 groups, consisting of churches, businesses and other organizations that participate by donating time or items for the children. Last year, games such as jump rope, dominoes and cards were introduced, along with face painting and an easter egg hunt. Last year, over 300 children were given easter baskets at the event. Additionally, the event features food for the children including cotton candy, snowcones, pizza and nachos.
“We would like to have as many groups as possible be part of this great event,” Smith added. “We just ask that they have something to give to the kids. The event means a lot to them. It gets bigger and better every year.”
Fun Day in the Park will be hosted on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.
For more information about the Alpha Omega Angels, or any of their upcoming events, visit www.facebook.com/alphaomegaangels.