Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the background of the Team of Angel pin and poem?
Angels for the Overwhelmed
What started out as a personal-pick-me up has led Patricia Gallagher to found a business and unique ministry that has far exceeded her expectations. Originally, Patricia, a former Montgomery County Community College instructor and mother of four, took three tiny angel charms and attached them to a gold safety pin, and pinned them to a card with an inspirational poem she had written – A Team of Angels for the Overwhelmed.
Word got around, and soon she was receiving dozens of requests. She began making lots of them and passed them on to people who needed help to cope with difficult times. She got busy with “Mom’s little project” and sent thousands to the troops worldwide.
It can be easy for the average American to forget that many American military families have loved ones away from home for the holidays, special occasions and just normal everyday life. That is why I sent the Team of Angels pins with two special poems titled – A TEAM OF ANGELS TO THANK OUR UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES and A TEAM OF ANGELS FOR ALL MILITARY FAMILIES. They were little reminders to let the troops know that they are not forgotten. A little token of support – just a Team of Angels to the Rescue – to help them stay out of harm’s way.
She enclosed a personal message to the military personnel attached to the poems that she wrote herself:
From the bottom of our hearts, I and every American wish to thank you for the job you are now doing. Please wear this Team of Angels pin next to your heart under your outer garments. It has brought comfort, good fortune and safety to others. May God bless you and keep you safe.
At any time, you might find Patricia in her attic or basement workspace – “the angel pin headquarters” – surrounded by stacks of cardboard boxes filled with 30,000 letters and orders including a letter written by the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Eventually, she stopped fashioning the original pin that she hand-made on the kitchen table, the one made with a gold safety pin and three gold figures.
Sometimes, I used to question why I was doing this whole thing. And then I re-read some of those letters. I realize that the little team of angels has impacted so many lives. I just want people to wear it as long as they need it for comfort and then pass it along. The little tangible symbols of caring are sort of like a pebble in a pond. The message of comfort, compassion, caring and hope ripples out into the world. The little gold angels have their hands linked and wings spread “teaming up” for those needing solace and support.
Excerpts from some of the letters:
I wanted to thank you for your Team of Angels. We wore the angels and had them with us on every trip to Kansas. I believe they did give us strength. Most of all, I want to thank you for remembering our daughter. I wish I could say that it gets easier with time, but it doesn’t. We can never regain what we lost; we can only do our best to go on with our lives. We are hoping that her friends will remember her always. There is no way to explain to anyone what the real tragedy is in this case. The world will never know what a waste of talent and promise, as well as goodness, has occurred when this crime was perpetrated. Claire and Vic
I would like to a pin for my Grandmother. She collects angel pins. She is also very lonely. I moved to college, my mother is always working and my little sister is a 17-year-old social butterfly.
My family needs you. Mother has been ill for a long time. She needs your prayers. My mother loves us very much, but she has a bad heart. We are very poor and Mother cries at night because Santa could not afford to come to our house this year. God knows my Mother, and if you did, you would love her, too. She is our angel and we love her, so pray for my Mother. Annie
A friend of mine lost her 16-year-old daughter in a car accident, and as you can imagine, her heart is breaking. I can’t take her pain away, as much as I would like to, but perhaps one of your pins would remind her she is not alone.
After much thought and prayer, Patricia took out a home-equity loan and had a firm produce 10,000 pins and attached them to a colorful card that bore her poem. But her own life took a tragic turn when her husband received serious and lingering injuries in an accident. He was not able to return to his job after the accident.
The Gallaghers felt the only way to make ends meet was to turn her ministry into a home business and sell her Team of Angels by mail order. She hoped to support her family through the pin sales.
The Team of Angels also helped her husband and family along the difficult and at times uncertain road to recovery.
Pins can be ordered at their website. www.teamofangels.com
Patricia Gallagher, Box 561, Worcester, PA 19490. Telephone: 267 939 0365
CBS Early Show, August 15, 2001. A lot has happened since then…….
Patricia can be reached at T) 267 939 0365. She welcomes interviews, inquiries and speaking engagements. May be available on short notice. (Philadelphia suburb)
For her books and the Team of Angels, Patricia has appeared as a guest on major television shows including Oprah Winfrey, The CBS Early Show, Lifetime, CNN, QVC, The 700 Club. Maury Povich, CNBC, the Financial News Network, and EWTN and many others shows. And feature stories in publications including Woman’s World, Family Circle, Gannett Wire Service, the Stars and Stripes and Parents magazine. She was contacted by the Dr. Phil Show and People Magazine for her family’s memoir No More Secrets – A Family Speaks about Anxiety, Depression and Attempted Suicide.