“With tears coming down my face, I closed my eyes—and prayed!!” she recalled.
“Dear Lord, please don't take my daughter, please send your Angels down to protect her, breathe life into that tiny little body. Stand next to the doctors to save her life. Heavenly Father, I PROMISE you if you save her life, I will spend the rest of my life giving back to this community. I will forever keep my promise to serve others in need...”
Somehow, some way, that prayer was answered. Angel Mia—Spanish for “My Angel”—was born “healthy and beautiful,” in the words of her mother, on September 26, 1995.
“Not only did God save her life, the doctors told us, there is no medical reason for her to still be here—nothing less than a Miracle,” said Lisa. “It's one of my greatest memories to know that God saved my daughter with an answer to a Mother’s Prayer!”
Just six weeks later, Lisa kept that prayerful promise by starting A.N.G.E.L.S. Outreach
For nearly two decades now, A.N.G.E.L.S. Outreach has provided food baskets on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter to children and families in need—assisting thousands of single parents and even the elderly along the way.
“We are 100 percent donation funded and 100 percent of all donations go directly back into this community. There is no paid staff, and everything we do is completed by volunteers,” Lisa said. “I am happy to say we have never had to turn anyone away.”
All of Lisa’s children have been heavily involved in A.N.G.E.L.S. Outreach from the start—whether helping to collect canned goods, fill baskets, or delivering the food baskets to local families. Other family members, friends, neighbors—all have joined forces since to lift up A.N.G.E.L.S. Outreach on the wings of their generosity.
Angel Mia, now 18, continues to bless her mother’s life. So Lisa has vowed to always keep that prayerful promise made so many years ago.
“So when someone says: ‘Can you keep a Promise?’ I always laugh, because my PROMISE to God has only just begun!!” said Lisa.
As pictured in the Maryori Miranda Rios photograph, A.N.G.E.L.S. hosted a dance/benefit at the Toledo Yacht Club on Friday, May 2, 2014.