A young Alberni woman who’s set out to bring comfort to sick and sad kids has just won a national contest for her kindness.
Angel Magnussen’s on top of the world today, because the win also means she’s awarded $10,000 to put to good use.
Never has a name suited a young woman more than the one Angel Magnussen answers to.
At 20 years old, the young Alberni woman has made it her life’s work to help kids who’ve walked in her shoes. In pain in hospital or grief out of it.
“This blanket is going to a young boy from Hamilton Ontario who was in a house fire,” says her mom Cheryl Magnussen. “He lost his mom, he lost his older brother and his baby sister.”
Out of a little studio next to her family home Magnussen and her mom have worked for years, often 7 days a week reading the profiles of children who need blankets from her non-profit Hugginz By Angel organization and sewing.
“She puts hugs inside each blanket and then it gets sent off but it doesn’t get sent off without the love,” says Cheryl Magnussen.
And now she’s won a national contest for her kindness. Voted #1 coast to coast by people touched by her story in the Post Foods Search for Goodness.
“I feel great and it’s exciting,” says Angel Magnussen.
“I can’t even begin to explain how much this means,” says Cheryl Magnussen.
Because the win comes with $10,000 to put her work into action right away.
“Angel has currently 41 blankets waiting in our house that are wrapped and waiting to mail and another 11 blankets just here in her studio that are waiting to be mailed and we couldn’t mail them because there’s no money within her foundation to mail any more blankets,” says Cheryl Magnussen.
So with the winnings will go the blankets and cover shipping for the over 100 children on her wait lists.
“Sick kids get cold. To keep them warm,” says Angel Magnussen.
So even when Angel’s complicated health problems have put her in hospital for months at a time, her sewing machine is there to keep her company. Keeping the kids who are counting on her from going without the famous hug from Angel that they were promised.