Our Everyday Angels helping those in need
A Walden-based volunteer group provides support to victims of domestic violence, fires, or life threatening illnesses. And there are many in need after this month's devastating fire at the Grandview Palace condominiums. YNN's John Wagner has the story.
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WALDEN, N.Y. -- Eight week old Lilliana Conklin was born with a rare heart condition--Long QT syndrome.
"I say goodbye every night, because you never know," said mother Kacie Conklin. "She almost went into cardiac arrest on Friday the 13th and we almost lost her."
Her mother can barely sleep, let alone pay for hospital bills, or food.
"Our electric is close to being shut off or our rent is behind, everything is priority to her," said Conklin.
That's when a number of everyday angels jumped in to help--with food, diapers, and baby formula.
"We're always there to listen, we're a shoulder to cry on, anything we can do," said Monica Cottrell, secretary for Everyday Angels.
"It's nice to have just a little bit of a start," said Our Everyday Angels founder Maria Herb. "We can't fix everything, but we can sure help get you started back up."
The volunteer group began after Maria Herb's seven year old boy passed away last year. His inspiration lives on.
"While I was at work, he took all his toys and donated them to the Toys for Tots," said Herb. "When I got home I was so angry and so happy all in the same moment, because it was such a beautiful thing. He taught me."
They find a need, whether material or emotional, and rely on Everyday Angels to help fill it. Sunday's fundraiser brought in clothes, appliances, and furniture.
"It made me feel that there are actually people that still care out there," said Kacie Conklin.
"They are my rocks, they keep me sane during my meltdowns."
Enough donations came in to fill two U-Haul trucks to the brim. They'll be heading across county lines to help out their neighbors, the many victims of the Grandview Palace fire in Sullivan.
"You can never replace memories," said Maria Herb. "But to be able to replace the necessities of just toothpaste, clothes, towels, that's a wonderful thing."
Simple items, but angelic.
"They could have just come over and gave me a hug and I would have appreciated it," said Conklin. "During a hard time you just need to know that there's somebody out there for you, and they do it."
To learn how you can help out Our Everyday Angels, visit www.facebook.com/HVEverydayAngels, email EverydayAngelsxoxo@yahoo.com or call (845) 605-ANGEL.
To learn more about Lilliana Erin and Long QT syndrome, or to donate, visit www.facebook.com/lillianasangels.