MILLBROOK – Angels Of Light is a non-profit (501c3) based in Millbrook. The organization provides assistance to Hudson Valley children and families that are struggling with a life-threatening illness. To help raise funds, the organization is hosting their 5th annual “Making Wishes Come True” event on Friday, October 1.
Angels of Light offers assistance with medical bills, utilities, food, gas, lodging, and other support to help the children and their families who are in financial distress due to illness. Founder and Executive Director Lori Cassia-Decker said Angels of Light was born 15 years ago.
While watching a CYO basketball game, Cassia-Decker noticed a 13-year-old girl with no hair playing in the game. The founder and mother of six learned that the child was undergoing treatment for brain cancer but was still trying to live the life of a teenager. “We couldn’t imagine how difficult, emotionally and physically it would be if one of our children was diagnosed with brain cancer.”
Cassia-Decker approached the mother and asked for a Christmas wishlist for all of her children. The plan was for Cassia-Decker and her family to shop for the items, wrap them, and deliver them on Christmas Eve. “We wanted to take the stress created by holiday shopping off of the mom.” Over the years, the list of families grew and eventually required additional support to meet the growing list of requests from families. In 2016, Angels of Light became an official 501c3 organization. They have delivered more than 5,000 gifts to over 1,000 children in the Hudson Valley.
“Our “Making Wishes Come True” event is our last big fundraiser before we need to start our holiday shopping for the families,” said Rita Powers, a volunteer with the organization. “In many cases, the winter holidays are the last time the families will be together and we want to make sure it’s a special one.”
Information on the tax-deductible fundraiser taking place on October 1st can be found here.