Angels of God charity exemplifies the Glassboro spirit

Angels of God is a non-profit charity that receives donated clothes and distributes them to those in need via their Pitman, NJ storefront, the Angels of God Clothing Closet . The organization also runs multiple events throughout the year to give goods to those less fortunate. This December, Angels of God hosted a Toy Drive on South Broadway Ave in Pitman for donation to those locally as well as those suffering from the effects of Sandy.182376_10151025825893278_824337452_n

Katelyn Darrow-Eystad founded Angels of God when she was just 12 years old. Darrow-Eystad, now 16, is a high school student at Pitman High and amazingly finds time between her studies and involvement with three sports, cheerleading in the fall, swimming in the winter and golfing in the spring,  to work at the organization’s clothing closet and its various drives. She decided to found Angels of God after a fire destroyed her family’s home. “I wanted to help other people because I knew what it was like to go through that,” she said.

Darrow-Eystad’s family was supportive from the get go and now have become as involved in the project as she has. Her mother, Elissa Darrow-Eystad, is instrumental to the operation.  She runs the day-to-day operations at the Closet and works tirelessly to ensure the smooth operation of the clothing closet and the drives.

When I asked if she was surprised by her already busy daughter’s decision to play golf she said, “Nothing she does anymore surprises me.” Between a job and the Closet, Elissa’s effort to help those in need is astounding and a shining example of the spirit of helping.

This year Sharpie presented Katelyn with a check for $10,000 for her charitable efforts. Stapes also donated $10,000 worth of school supplies for donation.

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On December 8th and 15th, Angels of God hosted a toy drive on Broadway Ave, in Pitman, NJ. I had the pleasure of joining Katelyn, her younger sister, Elissa and various volunteers for the drive. Donors came either via appointment or walk-in and their generosity was inspiring to say the least.

The donations were collected at the front of the rented storefront then brought to the back area to be sorted. The items were then divided by gender and age. The toys will be donated via sponsors or delivered to children directly. Items included bicycles, board games, iPods, stuffed animals, action figures and much more.

To assist the charity, volunteers from all over South Jersey come in to provide whatever help is needed. I encountered a number of volunteers who were eager to help the cause. Some volunteer regularly and for others it was their first time. Despite experience, the motivation was the same: to help those who are less fortunate and to recognize that many people are not able to enjoy the comforts of the lives we’ve grown so use to.

The Angels of God organization is a truly inspiring group of people and spending time with the Darrow-Eystad’s and their revolving cast of volunteers demonstrated the deep caring people have for one another. In a world full of tragedy, it is reassuring to see people pouring their time and efforts into helping others and expecting nothing in return. These are the people this world needs more of.

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