Ruth's Angels

Located in Zeeland, MI / 616-741-9966

Charitable Involvement With the Unemployed

Man holding a box
My mother, Ruth Gladden was a very generous woman. Her heart was always touched by doing those good deeds she felt led to do. She used to treat her friends to a mani-pedi, a ticket to see one of her favorite plays or she even helped a friend with hearing aids. She along with my dad, Harry C. Gladden were founding members of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church. For years she had a card ministry. She sent get well cards, birthday and anniversary cards to members of her church. All the children used to get a balloon or stickers in their cards. She was honored on Fox 17 Pay it Forward Program for this ministry. One year we made up Easter Baskets for the families at the Mission for both adults and children.

When she transferred from Independent living to assisted living at American House, all the aids were given “kisses” for helping her. Hershey’s Kisses that is. She would call them her angels. That is where the name of “Ruth’s Angels” came from.

I guess she passed on some of the “doing for others” gene to her children. When she peacefully passed away October 3, 2016, she left me with some money. I decided to help her keep helping others. That is where the idea to help the underserved, unemployed came about. As soon as we receive our approval for the 501c3 we will be starting the program. More to come.
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