Angel Kisses was founded in 2009 by three women who suffered late-term pregnancy loss the prior year. The group initially planned a small fundraiser to support Beaumont Hospital as its ‘A Child Remembered Program’ provided a compassionate start to their grief journeys. After only six weeks of planning, the inaugural fundraiser brought in $5,800.
The group found the experience to be incredibly healing, and was honored to provide an outlet for families to remember their angel babies in a positive way, both for them personally and for the community. They vowed to make the fundraiser an annual event and immediately started planning for 2010.
Today Angel Kisses operates as a not-for-profit foundation and is solely run by volunteers. Although the group is officially comprised of four board members, Angel Kisses is truly made up of countless volunteers who participate at various levels.
To-date Angel Kisses has raised over $70,000 to support perinatal bereavement programs at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI and St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, MI. Their goal moving forward is to provide grants that support metro-Detroit initiatives that improve the quality and quantity of support and services available to families who experience perinatal loss. Grants are funded through donations, as well as two annual Angel Kisses events: the Angel Kisses Annual Fundraiser in February and Angel Kisses’ Dress like Devils and Run for the Angels Charity Race in October.
Angel Kisses has also partnered with the Perinatal Bereavement Coalition, founded by Tomorrow’s Child. The Coalition’s goal is to standardize perinatal bereavement care in hospitals throughout the state. Angel Kisses’ involvement provides parental input regarding hospital bereavement care and will aid in hosting educational conferences for hospital caregivers across the state.
On behalf of all parents grieving perinatal loss, and with sincere gratitude to all who support our mission, Angel Kisses pledges a commitment to make the path of loss a little easier for all who walk it with us.