Angel Eyes is a non-profit organization with a mission to help all families suffering from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, miscarriages and stillbirths. Angel Eyes also provides education for the community on prevention and awareness of SIDS, such as their Safe Sleep program that teaches proper sleeping positions to families and child care facilities.
According to the CDC, nearly 24,000 babies stillborn each year in the US alone, and another ten-20 percent of known pregnancies end in a miscarriage before the 20th week, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nelson said no matter what stage in the grieving process someone is in or the amount of time passed, Angel Eyes can still help families and individuals suffering.
For Nelson, the work they do at Angel Eyes is rewarding because of the support and positive impact they are able to make on families while going through all stages of grief. Angel Eyes is one of the only counseling organizations in Coloradoto provide free SIDS counseling services to families in need.
In order to provide the necessary counseling for free, Angel Eyes hosts a few fundraisers to help raise money. In March, Angel Eyes put on the fourth annual SUDS for SIDS, a collection of Colorado craft breweries coming together to raise money for Angel Eyes. This year the event raised more than $11,000. Nelson and the Angel Eyes program hope to both support and receive support from the Glendale community and chamber, as their annual Claws for a Cause kicks off this month and again in June. This will be the 39th year for the fundraiser. Also, every August, Angel Eyes puts together a memorial walk to remember the children who passed. Last year, a quilt was made commemorating each child lost of the families that visited Angel Eyes.
Nelson encourages people to participate in the fundraisers or donate however they can.
“The more we can increase our visibility and awareness of what we do, the more people we can help,” Nelson said.
For more information on Angel Eyes, Claws for a Cause or to donate to Angel Eyes, visit their website angeleyes.org.