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Forest Hills Country Club Christmas Celebration

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Our dear friends at Forest Hills Country Club, along with mothers and daughters from the National Charity League: Gateway Chapter, hosted a magical Christmas party for our Angels’ Arms foster families, staff and board. This is the first time all of us have gathered together for the holidays, and we can assure you that we’ve never before experienced a celebration on this level.

The foster families, board members and staff enjoyed a delicious dinner, complete with various food stations including a salad bar, numerous buffet options, a carving station and decadent desserts.


The children enjoyed decorating their very own gingerbread houses and had a special visit by Santa himself.

We are full of gratitude for this incredibly generous act of kindness on the part of everyone at Forest Hills Country Club. The event created lasting memories for many foster children, making them feel important, wanted and special this holiday season. 

We will never forget this night! 

Foster Family

Cisco Preps Angels’ Arms’ Newest Foster Home

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How do we thank all of the dedicated and caring Cisco employees who came to our newest Angels’ Arms home to decorate the bedrooms, baths and basement area.

Everyone did a fantastic job of getting right to work and performing the tedious tasks of assembling IKEA furniture. The rooms are warm, fun and inviting and are just about ready to accommodate some beautiful foster children.

And if that wasn’t enough, they provided several much-needed items such as diapers, wipes, paper products, food, cleaning supplies, sheets, curtains, blankets, and much more. RaMona (the new foster mom who will be caring for kids in this house) is overjoyed and overcome with emotion by their generosity. She can’t wait to move in and start her new role as foster mom of 6.

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We are truly grateful for all the money Cisco was able to secure for this project. They made all of our lives a bit easier by getting this home closer to being move-in ready and to be a happy haven for many children over the next several years.

Thank you, Cisco, for making a real difference in the lives of innocent children. You have done so much for this mission.

For more photos, click HERE


VOTE for Angels’ Arms in the Power Play Goals for Kids Contest


We are so excited to share the news!

Angels’ Arms is one of four finalists in the St. Louis Blues “Power Play Goals for Kids” contest, sponsored by Ameren Missouri. Your daily VOTE between December 1 and February 6 could help us win $200 for every power play goal scored by the St. Blues this season. 

Please VOTE for Angels’ Arms every day at and SHARE!  

Click HERE to watch a promo video featuring Angels’ Arms Founder/ Executive Director, Bess Wilfong.

*Voting is easy and done using your email address. You can vote ONCE per day, per email address.

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2015 New Kicks for Foster Kids

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UPDATE: 12/2/2015

WOW! THANK YOU to everyone who donated on ?#?GivingTuesday?! You blew our $3, 500 goal out of the water and helped us raise $7,180 which will ensure that ALL 58 kiddos in our homes receive a new pair of tennis shoes and the extra funds raised will help us continue to assist our foster families ongoing needs into 2016. Thank you for believing in the work that we do. With your support, we’re able to show the foster children in our homes that they are wanted, loved and worthy! 



TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015 is #GivingTuesday

Your contribution on #GivingTuesday will ensure that ALL 58 foster children living in our 11 Angels’ Arms homes receive a new pair of tennis shoes for the 3rd Annual NEW KICKS FOR FOSTER KIDS fundraising campaign! 

We must raise $3,500 in 24 hours so that each child is guaranteed a new pair of kicks. Many of the children in our homes have never had a new pair of tennis shoes that they got to pick out on their own. Your donation will help them make memories that will last a lifetime. 

#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.


Attention AMAZON Shoppers!


Are you a frequent AMAZON shopper? If so, you can help Angels’ Arms by shopping online!

Simply visit, log-in to your amazon account and choose ANGELS’ ARMS when prompted to select a charity to support.  By doing so, 0.5% of your total purchase will go back to Angels’ Arms. It’s that easy and there is NO cost to you!

So don’t forget….next time you shop on Amazon, use

Click HERE to learn more about Amazon Smile.



Help us with our silent auction!


With our largest fundraiser less than a month away, we’re scrambling to finalize our silent auction baskets and could use some help.

Do you frequent Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx or Target? We need items to complete our baking and home decor baskets. Anything from kitchen utensils, pots/pans, serving platters/dishes, dish towels, etc. would be a great addition. Also, any home decor items such as frames, candles, throw blankets/pillow and lamps would work. Check the clearance aisles for these things and if you are able to get them for us, contact Maria Chandler at 314-842-8400 to coordinate drop off/pick up times.

Are you animal lover and frequent local pet stores/boutiques? Help us build awesome doggy/kitty baskets with items such as leashes, bowls, food, tags, crates, accessories, grooming certificates, etc.

Not a shopper but you are a season ticket holder of Cardinals, Blues, Rams, Mizzou, Billikens tickets? We could use tickets to complete some of our sports baskets. If you are willing to donate a pair of your tickets for the 2015/2016 seasons, we would LOVE that! Contact Amber Odom at 314-842-8400 for details. All donations are tax deductible.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Foster Family

Our kids are ready for Halloween thanks to the NCL!


On October 11th, the National Charity League brought the Halloween spirit out in each of our foster children through their Halloween Costume Collection Pick-Up day at Forest Hills Country Club. This collection of costumes was organized by Kelle Crowe and the NCL Class of 2018 and gathered at various churches and dance studios, as well as other area schools.


For close to three hours, Angels’ Arms foster parents and their children were able to “shop” and pick out the exact costume they wanted to be this year for Halloween. 

While this was an exciting and fun day for the children, the parents were just as thankful as the kids. Collecting Halloween costumes allowed our foster parents to save time and money. With some Angels’ Arms foster families having 5+ children under the age of 10…that’s a lot of time and money saved!


Now, all Angels’ Arms foster children can enjoy Halloween tricks and treats this year thanks to the NCL. Happy Halloween!


Gourmet Bread Orders to benefit Angels’ Arms, Sponsored by HT Properties

Enjoy 5 scrumptious varieties of gourmet breads baked fresh for your family by a wonderfully talented Larysa Enk. Any one of the 5 varieties below would make for a perfect treat to go along with you morning tea or coffee. Also, consider ordering as gifts for your family, friends and co-workers.

Click HERE to order!

*Each loaf is approximately 20oz. Breads contain no preservatives or flavor imitation. Due to fresh fruit used if not consumed within 24h, it should be refrigerated. 

ONLY $10 per loaf, 100% of the proceeds will benefit Angels’ Arms.
Online orders available Oct 19. through Nov 19.

Banana Bread 
Classic banana bread gets a tropical makeover with toasted shredded coconut and sliced almonds.

Cranberry Orange Bread with Walnuts
The combination of fresh tart cranberries sweetened with oranges, another holiday fruit, is one of the classic flavor pairings in baking.

Dried Plum Bread with Walnuts

Dried plums soaked with vanilla extract then added to the dough, give this fall bread sweetness and texture. Bread best enjoyed with a dollop of butter or jam.

Pumpkin Apple Bread
Two fall favorites work their magic in this spicy bread with a streusel topping. No nuts. Can be wrapped in plastic and foil and refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month

Pumpkin Bread with Dates (no nuts)
Classic pumpkin bread gets a makeover with buttery rich fruit grown in Southern California, dates.

*Orders placed on Monday-Wednesday will be available to pick up on Thursdays
*Orders placed on Thursday-Sunday will be available to pick up on Mondays.
Pick up from Angels’ Arms office between 9am-5pm:
12128A Tesson Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63128

Questions: Contact Amber Odom at 314-842-8400


Join Team Angels’ Arms

Are you a walker, jogger, runner and want to make a difference in the lives of foster children right here in St. Louis? Join Team Angels’ Arms for the 2016 GO! St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend.

ALL fitness levels are welcome to participate in the 5K, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay or the Full Marathon and your registration is FREE!! 

By joining Team Angels’ Arms, you will enjoy these fun perks: 

– Waived registration fees (savings up to $85)
Moisture-wicking Team Angels’ Arms 2016 shirt
– Special Team Angels’ Arms 2016 swag bag
– Special high-performance running socks
– Exclusive discounts to Big River Running store
– Weekly tips and intensives (giveaways) to reach your fundraising goal
– Pasta Party the night before the 4/10 race
– Personalized fundraising page on

Sign up for Team Angels’ Arms TODAY via

Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions on how to sign up with GO! St. Louis, complete with the FREE registration code AND details on how to set up for your personalized Crowdrise fundraising page.

Questions? Contact Maria Chandler:

Foster Family

Dreamin’ of the Smoky Mountains

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*Update: Thanks to three generous donors, the trips have been fully funded complete with spending money. Special thanks to Margaret S. for making sure both boys were able to enjoy this trip, along with Stephanie H. and Michelle K. for ensuring the boys have spending money.

Two of our 5th graders would like to visit the Great Smoky Mountains with their class in April 2016.

Ethan and Justin, 11 year olds from our Ballwin home, are seeking sponsors for their class trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. They each need $415 to cover all travel/lodging/food expenses. Please help us send them on this trip of a lifetime. Their trip deposits of $135 each are due by October 24, 2015.

Click HERE to donate. Any donation amount ($10, $25, $50) would help Ethan and Justin get that much closer to exploring the beautiful ancient mountains, learning about the diversity of plant/animal life as well as all about the Southern Appalachian mountain culture.

Below is a personal request for support from Ethan and Justin:

“The 5th grade Smoky Mountain trip is all about learning new things, like new plants, animals, and other things of life.  The reason I want to go is because I want to learn those things and study new things like insects, beautiful rocks and cool waterfalls which I want to see.  Also, people say it is an AWESOME place.” ~ Ethan

“I, Justin, would like to go to the Smoky Mountains because I would learn about nocturnal animals and take a hike to the waterfall.  Also, I love to find new rocks for my collection, meet new people, and I would have a lot of fun.  To learn about the outdoors and see new things, that is why I would like to go on this trip.” ~ Justin