Adam’s Angels helps people stay fed and dry during recent storm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Volunteers with Adam's Angels spend time making non-perishable meals every Monday in Santa Barbara.
They give out about 300 meals each week.
During the storm, the compassionate service nonprofit gave out socks, raincoats, towels, sleeping bags and some tents.
Their goal is to help people who don't have shelter or what they need during hard times and bad weather.
Adam McKaig created Adam's Angels at the start of the pandemic.
He said a volunteer came up with the name.
'"First as a realtor, my job was deemed non-essential, and being that I want to take care of people, I posted on Facebook: is there anything I can do to help the elderly or those at risk? And the outpouring was huge, not only the people who need my service, the people who wanted to volunteer, and 200 people later, and almost a year later, we are bigger than ever," said McKaig.
They collect supplies at Alameda Park on Thursday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
People can also donate to Adam's Angels headquarters at 423 N. Quarantine St. in Santa Barbara or online at adamsangels.life.
Volunteers said they make time to help, especially during bad weather and tough times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are working to find a place to clean sleeping bags and other items that got soaked during January's downpour.
Helpers and donors include Doctors without Walls, St. Michael's University Church, Showers of Blessings, Girl's Inc., and St. Athanasius Orthodox Church.
The Food Bag Collaborative launched by Maggie Sanchez and Maureen Ellenberger started buying the groceries in May.
Donations from foundations, private citizens and the county help.
Since Adam's Angels is new, SB Act acts as a fiduciary to help with fundraising.
Food supplies will get them through the middle of March, but Ellenberger said more donations will be needed to extend the program until June.