As word of mouth, either literally or online, spread, the group increased their scope. In addition to their school initiated requests for clothes and relatively small items, they began, through fundraising events and cash donations, to provide scholarship assistance, gas cards, even partial help with mortgages. Crucial to the endeavor has been the Cooperstown community’s help.
“Various businesses, including Ommegang Brewery, The Otesaga Hotel, and the Clark Sports Center, as well as organizations and clubs like the Lions Club, etc... have been extremely generous and helpful for our cause,” McGoldrick said.
Hage said the village has been supportive as well, “We have a true network of people to help, including teenagers, who can get points towards community service working for our cause,” she said.
Both women are quick to note any teenager/volunteer help is limited to tasks that can be performed without breaking any participating family member’s anonymity.
This year the Network has held a Masquerade Ball, as well as hosted their annual Tot Trot, in addition to the upcoming My Neighbor’s Closet. Christmas plans include gift baskets for approximately 40 plus families, as well as sponsorships of families in need. Details will be posted in upcoming weeks.
“We are so fortunate to have a community that works together to make the Angel Network possible,” Nelen said. “Everyone in this community has been so giving and responded so positively to the Angel Network. I feel blessed to live in this community!”
For information regarding My Neighbor’s Closet/The Angels Network go to their Facebook page.