Why We’re Here
To “Love it Forward”
At Molly’s Angels, we’re making a difference in the lives of children and young adults through our vision of love, kindness and financial support. Our goal: to keep them safe by preventing them from falling into addiction, depression and abuse that plagues many young people today. Through education, the arts and sports, we help them build the self-esteem and confidence they’ll need to become healthy and contributing members of their community.
Sheila, Molly’s mom, says:
“Love it Forward” is an important component of why we created Molly’s Angels. I want to help young people help themselves while encouraging all people to express loving kindness to one another and to look for ways to show they care. It feels “good” to give without expectations of what you will get back. By loving it forward, you can make a difference!
How We Can All Help
Everyone who comes in contact with young people can change their lives and keep them safe. Helping them increase their self-esteem at a young age is crucial. Show them there are people who genuinely care and want to help. Inspire our youth to make the best choices in life by leading through example and giving them opportunities. If we all promote the importance of service in daily life by “Loving it Forward,” our young people will make the best decisions that lead to healthy, productive lives.
Sheila’s Story . . . A Passion to Fulfill Molly’s Dream
Like the thousands of parents whose lives are shattered after losing a son or daughter to drugs, Sheila was devastated when Molly died from an accidental overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl. But even as Sheila mourned her daughter, a powerful emotion took hold and compelled her to do everything possible to ensure Molly’s death—and life—would mean something positive and important to others facing similar challenges. Sheila, along with her other daughter, Dani, would take Molly’s desire to help people and her love of animals and combine them to empower young people by “Loving it Forward.” Molly’s Angels is the joyful embodiment of that passion and it’s already made remarkable difference in the lives of young people in our community.
“Molly was a wonderful daughter and I would give anything to have her here with us today, living a clean life and helping others, but I am dedicated to keeping her memory alive and helping those she couldn’t. After Molly died, I tried to think of a way to honor her. Helping underprivileged youth and young adults was something Molly dreamed of doing. She loved helping people help themselves. When I made the decision to start a foundation in her honor and name it Molly’s Angels, my heart came alive. I’m passionate about this and know I can help others suffering from loss to join me and make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. It’s the vaccine of life to prevent and cure depression and to spread kindness and love. Have you taken your daily dose of Vitamin B Kind?”
Photo: Molly and Sheila