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Project Angel Wings huggables for Haiti




By Sheila Gray – bio | email



A Northern Kentucky woman is heading an effort to help the children of Haiti.  It's a simple idea that started when Karen Koeppe of Villa Hills was watching her own child and thinking about how every child needs someone to love.

Karen says, "All of a sudden this thought comes to mind. I've got to do something for these children in Haiti, and the name was even there, Project Angel Wings. The whole purpose in my mind for it was to envelope these children in the wings of an angel."

Koeppe has been moved by the pictures coming out of Haiti, especially the images of children who've lost so much. "So thinking of my little boy, he loves to hold his little doll Lawrence. That gives him a purpose. It gives him something to give love to and I'm sure he's receiving a little bit."

While aide workers deliver medicine and food and basic necessities, Karen is collecting huggables, stuffed toys and security blankets.  She says it's an idea to address children's spiritual and emomtional side. She points out aides there don't have time for that, and says "if they do it's very little. The least we can do is send over a little bit of love."

Her idea is infectious.  Stephanie Lang of Moksha Yoga studio in Crescent Springs says, "I think what happens is all of us want to help but we don't know how to help."   Lang has seen the collection bin at the yoga studio fill up again and again.  "What we hope is that the children who don't feel a lot of love in their life right now will have something to hug and squeeze and remember there's a reason to stay positive and people out there love and care for them and want to make sure they survive."

Karen has already collected nearly 700 huggables and toys, and Matthew 25 Ministries has agreed to transport them to Haiti.  Karen's also collecting new toys for older children, whom she's sure need some playtime and laughter.

And in her mission, Karen says she has discovered her purpose.  "I'm helping to take care of the world's children, and that's my purpose. I have no question about it.  Project Angel Wings might take flight. I don't know. We'll see what happens. I leave it all in God's hands. This is His project. It's not my project. I'm the facilitator."

You can drop off stuffed animals and new toys for Project Angel Wings at the Goddard School on Grandview Drive in Fort Mitchell, the Moksha yoga studio just off Buttermilk Pike in Crescent Springs, and the Miracle Dance studio on Delhi Pike in Cincinnati.

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