A place where families can come together to grieve and heal

What is the Angel of Hope?

In Richard Paul Evans's 1993 novel, The Christmas Box, a young couple befriends their elderly employer. They learn about the child she lost decades earlier, and of a statue she erected in her daughter's memory in a nearby cemetery. The statue depicts a winged, childlike angel, with arms outstretched to Heaven.

After the novel's publication (and adaptation into a movie), grieving parents from throughout the U.S. traveled to Salt Lake City in hopes of seeing the Angel statue. Author Evans approached sculptors Ortho and Jared Fairbanks and asked them to design a new statue for the cemetery. Since then, identical Angels have appeared throughout the nation as places where parents who have lost children come to mourn and reach out to their own "little angels." To date, over 100 Angels have been placed throughout the nation. Every December 6, the Angels serve as sites for vigils at which those children may be remembered.
The Angel of Hope of Hendricks County didn't just appear without the work of several people. This is a video timeline beginning with an idea and ending with a beautiful memorial where parents that have lost children can gather together and be comforted.  Again, thank you to all the people and organizations that helped make this possible.
Where is Hendricks County's Angel of Hope Statue?
You'll find our Angel in Town Hall Park in Avon, which is approximately 30 minutes west of downtown Indianapolis. Town Hall Park is located on the north side of U.S. 36, less than half a mile west of Indiana Route 267. The Angel is located at the west edge of the park, just northwest of the dam. There is a small bridge off the trail.
Is Hendricks County Angel of Hope a 501(c)(3) non-profit?

Yes! The IRS has approved our federal 501(c)(3) status, so contributions to our organization are deductible from federal income taxes to the extent allowed by law.
Who are the people behind the organization?

Our president is Roberta (Bobbi) Paino, our vice president is Barron Bullock, and our secretary/treasurer is Carole Sutherlin. Other board members include Jim Paino (Chaplain), Beverly Johnston (videographer), Aaron Sutherlin & Wanetta Bullock.
If the statue is in place, why are you still raising funds?

In addition to landscaping, we need to provide for the ongoing maintenance of the site, administrative costs - such as maintaining this website. We also coordinate each year's December 6 vigil, and need funds for supplies, refreshments, and similar costs. All funds raised for the Angel are used to support our statue and site.
Where may I find a copy of The Christmas Box?

The novel is available at most large bookstores, local libraries, or through online booksellers such as Amazon. We do not have copies for sale. It is a heartwarming, simple tale of parental love and the everyday miracles that often escape our notice, and the book has been a source of solace for many parents who have lost children.

Click the link to find a copy, and while you're there, visit AmazonSmile and select Hendricks County Angel of Hope. 
Hendricks County Angel of Hope, Inc. is an independent, non-profit Indiana corporation that brought an Angel of Hope statue to the Town Hall Park in Avon, Indiana.  We now help to provide for the perpetual maintenance of the statue and coordinate local participation in the annual December 6th vigil.
© 2017 Hendricks County Angel of Hope, Inc.
PO Box 166 - Danville, IN 46122 - All Rights Reserved

Hendricks County Angel of Hope is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization