An Angel of Hope needs help getting to the Quad Cities

A new way to help families cope with the loss of a child.

By Sarah Greene | sgreene@whbf.com

Published 08/02 2015 09:35PM

Updated 08/02 2015 09:35PM

The Compassionate Friends of the Quad Cities Area is working to create a new way to help families cope with the loss of a child. The support group that helps parents with a child who's passed away, is raising money for an Angel of Hope.
 
The Angel of Hope, based on Richard Paul Evan's book "The Christmas Box," has become a beacon of hope for parents who have lost a child. 
 
Lisa Rains started a project to bring one of those angels to the Quad Cities Area .
She hopes to raise enough money, with the help of The Compassionate Friends, to put an angel statue in Moline's Memorial Park Cemetery, in honor of her own children who have passed away. 
 
Rains said,  "I just want to keep their memory alive as long as I can, and with this Angel of Hope I'm hoping that does it and I hope it does it for all the families out there."
 
Missing from the $60,000 project is the angel. They've only been able to raise half of the funds so far. 
The group hopes that, through donations and selling engraved bricks, they can raise another $30,000 to complete the memorial.
 
That's what brought out Ribbonsforkellsey, a non-profit to help people with epilepsy. 
 
Founder of Ribbonsforkellsey, Brandi McGuire,  said "This angel over here is watching over all of these children, and that's the way I see it with her stand here, and it's just so important that she gets where she belongs."
 
The organization donated and bought their own brick to honor those who have passed away from epilepsy. 
 
Not only does the angel symbolize hope for the parents, it will also serve as a grave site for children buried elsewhere and others that never were able to be laid to rest.
 
Chapter leader of The Compassionate Friends of the Quad Cities, Doug Scott, said  "I visit my daughter three times a week at the cemetery in Davenport, but there's some people who don't have a place to go, and we're hoping the this place will give somebody like that a place to come and have a moment that they can think about their child."
 
Rains said,  "So once the angel is in place, it will bring peace to me as far as my children. I have accomplished something that i hope they're proud of me."
 
An accomplishment the group hopes to achieve by this Christmas.
 
For more information on how to help visit The Compassionate Friends of the Quad Cities Area's website: http://www.quadcitytcf.org/angel-of-hope.html
 

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