Voting begins for local nonprofit

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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The public voting portion for the Rice Awards is now open, with Morgan County’s very own Brandy Angel on the list of nominees. To help Angel, who runs the Be The Change Foundation, win a “Rising in Community Excellence (RISE) Award, cast your vote before Sept. 11 at www.thericeawards.com.

“This could mean amazing things for us and what we are capable of doing for our local families and communities,” said Angel.  “Thank you all so much for your continued love and support.”

Brandy Angel, a local photographer, began using her creative talents to help those in need, launching the “Be The Change” campaign as part of her non-profit organization, The Brandy Angel Foundation.

“Ultimately, our goal is to create sustainable experiences that produce joy, compassion and positive change for not only the individuals in need but also for those that reach out to help them,” said Angel. “Our mission is to document and share their stories through photography and media to reach the world and inspire awareness, kindness and positive change. We want to show the world that they too can make a significant difference in the life of someone in need and give those who choose to help the tools to do so.”

In recent years, Angel has used her photography skills to highlight the stories of people in need and people who have suffered through devastating tragedies. According to the website, the “Brandy Angel Foundation’s focus is to support individuals and families throughout difficult times of their lives and help them reach and inspire as many people as they can with their stories.”

Each case Angel takes on is unique. Her organization has helped raised money for a family who lost everything in a fire, helped partner organ donors with a recipients, and helped families search for lost loved ones.

Angel has helped families struggling through terminal illness, the loss of loved ones, patients waiting for organ transplants, and even people who have lost their homes due to fires and natural disasters. The organization has a special focus on children fighting cancer.

“We work tirelessly to enhance the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by providing free photo sessions to document their journey and hold onto their memories forever. We offer compassionate support programs and events while advocating for increased research funds and raising public awareness. We also advocate and educate for the importance and ease of joining the Bone Marrow Registry, National Kidney Registry and Blood Donations. We have many times helped families and individuals in our community that have been affected by fires, infertility, adoption and lost loved ones. We have also been able to offer the families fun experiences through the generosity of amazing local vendors, such as fantasy photo session, braves games, meet and greets with musicians, make overs and we hope this area will continue to grow,” said Angel.

Consider voting for Angel’s foundation to help expand the scope of her work in the future.

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