Angels From Heaven
Another year has passed and
so has another trip to
I can still remember my first trip it was something that I will never forget. I found out that the world is very much different the hard way through culture shock. Many of the things I took for granted, such as, a house to live in, my children going to school each day or having clean hot and cold water delivered to my kitchen sink are just a few.
visiting another city where many of the people are poor, it opened my eyes. I could now write a book of how good I have it
my trips to
It has been a long road for all of us but we now are Non- Profit and all donations are tax deductible. We also have a web site childrenareangels.org so people all over the world can see our work.
I would like to say Thank You to all of you for your continued support and hard work. I am hopeful that we can continue to work together and help many more children in the future. My next trip will be in Nov 2003. If anyone has any questions feel free to call me at 781-483-1002.
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Board of Directors
Raymond C O’Brien
President and founder
Patricia A O’Brien
Jean Marie Gaunt
In June of 2002, Mr. Brown of
Mr. Jim Zeiner & Mike Deacetis of Ryder Truck Rental donated a truck to deliver all the desks.
Full Load of Desks
I drove to
In September of
2002, I again loaded a Ryder Rental Truck with the remaining school desks. This
time I was off for a much shorter drive to
All in all
everything worked out great. Many children now had the used school desks from
St Josephs and
Thanks again to: Warren Smith, Richy Torpey, Gary Olson, Kyle Olson, Jean Donaghey, Steve Powers, John Rogers, Johnny Rogers, Bill Gaunt, and Ronnie DeFronzo.
School Desks for
During my trips to
I came home in
2001 and did my best to raise funds to help these schools. At first I was going
to ship the Medford Vocational and St. Josephs school desks to the
children, but with a shipping cost of $2,000, I felt that we could better spend
our hard earned donation money in a better way, rather than on shipping costs.
So, with the help of my friend Bernard Maung and the Don Bosco Ashalayam a
Vocational school in
Don Bosco is a Vocational School that helps street children learns a trade so this project would be perfect. The Street children at Don Bosco would learn how to make the desks and chairs in the trade school and when everything is finished it would be taken to the two poor schools for those children.
Children are Angels from Heaven spent over $4,000 in donated money to have many tables, benches and chairs made at Don Bosco Ashalayam for each poor school. This was a very big order. I am very happy to say at this time the project has been completed and the children are now sitting and learning on the school furniture we had made for them. For children to learn they need the proper tools to learn with. I consider a desk and a chair to be very basic. So in all it was WIN, WIN, WIN for children.
The two poor schools now have desks and chairs and the Don Bosco
boys learned the skills to make everything. To make things sweeter we saved $2,000 in shipping cost and
helped children in
Some of the places that I visited:
Society of Indian Children’s Welfare
International Mission of hope (IMH)
Missionaries of Charity
St .Vincent’s Home
Don Bosco Ashalayam
St. Teresa’s School
Vivekamanda Welfare & Dev. Society
This year I would like to dedicate this newsletter to
“Angels” who have been called back to Heaven:
Daytona 500 Raffle results
For the 2003 Race
The total number of tickets that were sold was 925 with a profit of $4,022.50. The Winners were as follows:
Two tickets to the Daytona 500 and the Live Well 300
A Fri & Sat night at the Wyndham Hotel in
One midweek night at the Eastern Inn North Conway
One weekend at the Woburn Marriott
Four passes to the Showcase Cinema
It is directly because of events like this that Children are Angels From Heaven is able to do many things for the children. I must tell all of you that although many people did want to win, many people just wanted to buy a ticket and be a part of the raffle to help support Children are Angels from Heaven. I would like to say thank you to all of you for your help and support. We could not have done all of this without your help. I also would like to say Thanks to all the people who sold Raffle Tickets: Warren Dickerman, Jim McGinnis, Charlie Franklin, Rick Wedge, Kim & Allen Wells, Gary Olson, Joe Bruno, Linda Schenk, Dave Fick, Richy Torpey, Bill & Jeanne Gaunt, Danny Tavanese, Rita Cornelio, Ronnie DeFronzo, Cathi Duffy, Cathy & Gary Dekow, John Hickey, Ed Knust, Jim Virnelli, Chris Hepler, Dave Pearl, Dave Morse, Jean Donaghey, Drake Danials, Joe Sabia, Allen Sampson, John & Anne Kako, Joan Milasich, George Mengel, John & Kenny MacKenzie, Lloyd Wentzell, Steve Dickerman, Wendy DeVoy, Art Morse, Russ Gittlen, Tony Corsetti
are now tax deductible and a legal non-profit organization. I worked very hard
to get us to this point in time. Our Internal Revenue Foundation Status
Classification is 509(a) (1) until June 2005. All of it was expensive and a
learning experience. I was making
mistakes such as not having a credit card with the business name on it and also
taking in a few donations with the name Ray O’Brien payable on the check and
even not having a checking account. Mr. Robert Johnston a C.P.A. of
Newsletter Printing and Mailing
It costs about $1.75 each to have the Newsletter printed and mailed to your home. I have no problem spending the money to send it to all of you, but I also do not want to waste money if you are not interested in getting it. Please let me know and I will take you off my mailing list. For all of you who do get it and read it I ask you to pass it on to someone that you know who might like reading it. Any questions or extra copies please call me 781-483-1002. Or write me Ray O’Brien 16 Bower St Medford Ma 02155.
My visit to IMH was again very sad. There were only a handful of children there, as IMH was in the process of closing its doors. IMH was my children’s first home and I will be forever grateful to the staff for taking care of them and all the other children that passed through its doors. On this visit as always the Massies were very happy to see me. I was also happy to see them. As I have written many times, I learned more about life when visiting IMH than any other place in the world. Many times I watched with my own eyes how the staff worked so hard to save a babies life when the child came into the orphanage sick or very small. Some of the things I have seen to this day I do not understand. Much of it was very sad. The average weight of a newborn at IMH is three pounds. Many other babies are smaller than that. On this trip, the only children that were at IMH were the handicapped children. I had visited every one of these children many times before. If you are handicapped your chance for adoption becomes very limited. That is why I still see many of the same children year after year. Many of these children had minor problems and would do very well if they were adopted and had a family who was willing to work with them and love them.
I will miss IMH when it is finally gone. I will still go to that building at Two Namak Mahal Rd on each visit I make to Calcutta if only to say a prayer for all the children and staff who were once there. I would like to say Thank You to all of the staff for your kindness and love to all the children over the years. I will never forget you.
Society of Indian Children’s Welfare
SICW is an orphanage located near the
Beckbagan Market. This orphanage is special to me because it was once home to
my oldest girl. During my visit I was very happy to meet Mrs. Shirin Dastur and
Mrs. Swaran Chaudhry again. Both of
these women along with the SICW staff work very hard to help poor children.
Besides running an orphanage, SICW is involved in many other programs to help
poor children and people, such as life saving heart operations for poor
children. life saving heart operation costs 80,000Rs to
1,200,000 Rs, which is about $3,000 in US funds. I am hopeful that in the
future Children are Angels from Heaven can help one of these poor children through
SICW with a needed heart operation. SICW is always a very busy place, so my
time with the Shirin and Swaran was short. When I was leaving, I stopped on the
first floor and asked to visit some of the children. Mrs. Prabha Katyal invited
me into the room. We sat on a bench and had a nice talk. I believe she was a
social worker. I had a few toys to give to the children. As I did one little
girl really caught my eye. A little girl about 2 yrs old, she was so cute. I
watched her for a while smile and laugh as the massie fed her. Before I had
brought tears to my eyes to see her smile. I am sorry I did not get the girls
name. When I returned back home to
story I did not have room to tell about in my last newsletter was putting up a
Christmas tree and having lunch with the Bethany Sisters. I met the Sisters on
a village trip a few years ago. Ever since then I always stop by the convent
and say hello to everyone. During my trips to
After a few prayers with the Sisters, they invited me to have lunch with them. I did not know what to say! I had never had much Indian food before and I did not have my Indian Mum with me to look after me. When I entered the dining room I saw a very long table with about 20 chairs and lots of food on the table. Sister Selina sat me at the head of the table and all the Sisters filled in all the other chairs around the table.
Lunch with the Sisters
this day I still smile when I think about it. I do not have any idea what it
was that I ate but it was pretty good. The Sisters made sure nothing was too
spicy hot for me, and that I was ok. It was a fun time for everyone. The
Bethany Novice Sisters work in and around
I have visited this home for girls many times before. It is always a fun visit. I bring a few tennis balls or Frisbees with me and play with all the children. There are always over 100 girls at this home. I can tell you every single child is happy. Captain Nyak is the officer in charge of the children and of the home. Asha Sarker is his right hand person who looks after the girls. I met Tumpa again this year and got a first hand look at her eyes. She is the girl that Angels from Heaven paid for an eye operation because her eye was crossed. I have to tell all of you her eyes look great! I was told by the Salvation Army Staff that because of Tumpa’s now near normal appearance she is doing great in school and her life is now very happy and beautiful.
Together Angels from Heaven and The Salvation Army in Behala helped this little girl and asked nothing in return except a beautiful smile from a pretty girl. I have to tell you it was not an easy thing to do. So, as you can see, good things can get done to help children when people work together. During my visit in 2002, I noticed that the large swing set in the middle of the yard was broken and unsafe. I talked to Captain Nyak about Children are Angels from Heaven having it repaired. He was in agreement with all of my requests, to have it repaired and also take photos and write me a letter to explain in detail the repairs needed and also the costs involved. I look forward to seeing the kids back on the swings on my Nov. 2003 visit. During my trips to help children I have found The Salvation Army to be a great organization to work with. They will go out of their way to help you and never ask anything in return. Never be held back to give the Salvation Army a donation, as your money will always work hard for you.
of the first places that I always visit in
this past visit I met Sister Terese Marie she is one of the Sisters who brought
me to Mother Teresa’s children’s center Shishu Bhavan a few years ago. That too
was a visit I will always remember. It
was nice to see her and talk to her for a few minutes. Sister asked if I wanted
to visit Mothers Tomb, located within the Mother House just below the Chapel
and say a few prayers. I was very happy to do so. Mother Teresa was a very
special person, she always took care of everyone. Sometimes during one of my
visits to a poor area of
All works of love are works of peace…
On each visit to
I am very happy to give Sister donations from Angels from
Heaven to do things with for the children. Anything she does will always get my
stamp of approval, as I know in my heart everything she does is for the good of
the children. If anyone of you ever visit
Village Work is not about a bus full of girls in uniform it’s about several kids waiting eagerly for there arrival…..
Don Bosco Ashalayam is located in
Ramona & Bernard
I thought a commercial table saw might be a good addition to the school, but Bernard told me that many of the children do not have the skills to run a saw and it could be dangerous so he suggested that I contribute to make a new work shed for the boys to work and learn in, as now many of them work outside. He said that we have more boys than building. I asked to see the plans and the cost involved. This shed is much needed but a big project. I am proud to tell you that because of your generosity Children are Angels from Heaven will pay 100% of all costs involved in the construction of the shed. It will be 18 x 65 and will be finished by my next visit in late 2003.
Please look at Current Events on the web site (childrenareangels.org) to see a material list and costs involved. I look forward to seeing the finished project later this year.
St Teresa’s School
visit to St Teresa’s is always interesting. It’s a very big school with lots
going on all the time. Looking at it from the outside, it would look like any
other American school. This year with permission from the principle, Sister
Margaret, I visited many classrooms that were in session including the pre
school children. The children are always
polite and friendly to me. When I enter a classroom the children always stand
up and say “Good Morning Sir.” When I
visit the older children, they always ask about
During my visit I had tea with Sister Teresa Ann and then I visited the pre school children along with the staff. I brought the children Balls, Jacobs Ladders (wooden toys) along with some candy. The small children sang me a few Christmas songs they were so cute. It was just a very nice visit to this school.
When my visit was over and I was leaving I noticed a student sitting at a desk reading our last newsletter “Children are Angels from Heaven” I just smiled when I walked by.
The prayer below is recited before each class begins:
Prayer before Class
O my God
Teach me to love you with all my heart
Help me never to displease you by any wicked thing.
Strengthen my weakness.
Help me think the right things.
To speak the right things.
So that I may be a help to my friends and to all the other boys and girls around me.
Bless me with knowledge and understanding.
Bless my country,
Brothers and Sisters,
And all who do good to me.
Grant that one day we all may come safely home to heaven.
Be a light…
had the pleasure of watching the
It was very interesting to watch.
The children sang many Christmas songs. The school has 1200 children in all. I
met Sister Philomina, the principal and had a nice talk with her. I gave Sister
a donated walkman radio to give to the most improved student at the school
along with a few other donated things for the children. During my visit, I got
to see many of the children I know in
The art of education is to continue
To grow as long as you live.
Every moment brings its lesson.
Every person is a teacher.
Grow in all directions
Develop a desire for Godness
An eagerness for knowledge
A capacity for friendship
An appreciation for beauty
A concern for others
Learning continues forever
Education never stops!!!
This year the older girls worked in the kitchen all afternoon cooking, to make something special to eat later in the evening.
We danced to music played on the Boom Box I bought for the children a few years ago. It was really a good time for everyone. For dinner I was able to order a special treat Chinese food for 50 children. We also ate the food that the girls made in the afternoon. This was a day I will always remember. Everyone had a nice time and hated to say good-bye when it came to an end.
During my last few visits to IMH I have told you about a little girl named Samita. She is the little girl with the C/P and a cleft lip.
I have tried everything in my power to help this
child with not good results. The main problem is, IMH is closing and nobody can
tell me where this girl will go. We could never have her C/P fixed as it is not
fixable but her lip can be repaired with a small operation. I do have a few
In Oct. of 2002, I had the honor of being invited by
Mrs. Travers & Mrs. Murray both teachers of the 4th grade, to
show my slides of
November, just before my trip to
IAM Local #447
The Machinist Union has always been supportive of my trips to
Children are Angels from Heaven is now legally a Non-profit organization and
has all the proper documents and numbers, many companies have stepped forward
to help us. Xpedx Paper Company of Wilmington Ma is one of them. When I was
given all the school desks from St. Jospeph School of Medford and also
So far our trailer has worked out great. First all the desks were in it, all dry and safe. Now it is loaded with beautiful used clothes and balls all ready for shipment to poor children. I would like to say Thank You to Jim Iantosca and Xpedx Paper Company, a division of International Paper, Ryder Truck Rental, and The Truck Connection for their kindness to help us help the children of the world, in a better and bigger way.
Do it Now….
I expect to pass through this world but once, any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being, let me do it now. For I shall not pass this way again…
So far in total we have collected
over $400 from can deposit money from the Xpedx workers efforts. This program
is all voluntary. I am truly amazed at how sincere my co-workers are at Xpedx
to help the children. $400 dollars is about 20,000 Rupees, that’s a lot of
Thank You Xpedx workers for your effort. It is greatly appreciated.
you can see many people help the poor children by saving their deposit cans and
giving them to Angels from Heaven. There is also another way that money can be
had from the same deposit cans, by collecting the Tabs at the top of the can. They are made of solid Aluminum. Sharon
LaHaise and her class “
If there is another company or person that would like to donate soda & beer cans or Tabs to help the children, call me and I will be more than happy to set something up. Ray O’Brien 781-483-1002.
Each year I receive many beautiful letters and cards from many people who support Children are Angels from Heaven. It really brings a smile to my face every time I read one of these letters or cards. I would like you to read a few of these letters. All of them were from children and their families. I think it would be best to have you read them word for word without me changing anything and see how beautiful they are.
Just a note to wish you a Happy New
Year. I have read the letters you have sent Richie. Your work has been just
heartwarming. Your reward will be in Heaven. On Christmas our family had a
little basket out for your endeavors. You would get a kick if you knew my
grandson,(he is only 12 years old),and my 10 year old granddaughter, gave five
and six dollars. This was there Christmas money. I was so proud. They are not
rich kids! They live in
God Bless Anne and Fred
This is a donation from our family, me
and Rich, Daniel, and Anna. We all put
money in a box each week before the Sabbath around one time of the Jewish Holy
Days in the fall, we decided where the years money should go. Your newsletter
came just around this time, and we picked your group of course it has special
meaning for us since Daniel came from IMH. He always wants the money to go to
the poor. We are very sorry to hear about IMH . I cried when I read your story.
On the bright side, we are impressed with all the work you do in bringing the
plight of poor children in
Thank you for all that you do.
One More Letter:
Dear Mr. O’Brien,
Thank You very much for coming to the 4th
grade and telling all the children about
Lisa and Larry
If anyone is interested in getting on the Angels from Heaven e-mail list please let me know. Many things happen all year with Angels from Heaven. I do my best to let everyone know what’s going on all year not just in the yearly newsletter. If you are interested all I have to do is give me your e-mail address. You can call me anytime 781-483-1002
Did you know these people were adopted?
Ads In our newsletter & Web page
Beginning next year, I hope to install a flat rate pay scale for our ads in the newsletter and web site. The newsletter and website must stand on its own legs and pay for itself. Any extra money taken in will go into the Angels from Heaven bank account (general fund) to be used for children’s projects. Hopefully, for a small Ad it will cost $25 per year. The cost will be tax deductible so its not such a bad deal. This new fixed cost will cover your ad in the newsletter and on the web site all year. This is all a little in the air, but if you now have an Ad in our newsletter or on our web page please expect things to change. Please help us as we need your continued support. I will take as many ads as I can. Anyone interested in a new ad or anyone with questions please call me 781-483-1002.
Look at our web site.
Your Ad would look great and it would help us grow to help more children.
Last year, 2002, was a very busy year
for Children are Angels from Heaven. When history is written I think it will be
called the year of the school desks. I worked as hard as I could to see to it that
money was not wasted and that many desks went to children in need in Calcutta
and America. It was not easy to do. But
it is now done and we have moved forward with other ideas and projects. One of
the biggest projects I am working on now, is having a large building addition
added to a Vocational School building at Don Bosco in
I look forward to my November 2003 trip to see the work that has been completed and also look at other work that is needed for the children and, as always, to see my friends and my Indian Family in Calcutta. I will end now except to ask all of you to please say a special Prayer for my little friend Samita (the young girl with C/P and cleft lip), that I may be able to find her and help her in the year ahead. Thank you for your continued love and support.
God Bless all of you
Raymond C O’Brien