Since its inception in 1997, Rick and Sally Cryder and Angels of Love have produced and delivered more than 13,000 Angels to people in need of comfort and compassion. Before the 9/11 tragedy, Angels of Love was a part-time ministry. Following 9/11, the volunteer programs were established, and since then our caring team of volunteers has worked diligently to make these Angels in order to touch and change lives.

Angels of Love have made an angel for the family of each fallen law enforcement officer and fire fighter in the State of California, along with many others in our nation. We have donated hundreds of angels to families who have experienced tragedies in their lives. This has included families of the military killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the VA Tech tragedy, Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine, 9/11 terrorist attacks and other world events.

In May of 2007 at a memorial service, we gave Angels to the families of every law officer in Orange County who was killed in the line of duty since 1912.

We have also donated many angels to the families of children at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and St. Joseph Hospital of Orange among others. We are also known for our Christmas tradition, where we go to many local hospitals to give out angels to the patients who are in the hospital and not able to go home for the holiday.  Most of these visits are done on Christmas Eve by numerous volunteers who want to spread love at this special time of the year.

Angels of Love is located in Orange, California, but the angels have found their way to homes and hearts throughout the United States and beyond. They are supported solely by donations of time, talent and resources from the community who have a deep, heartfelt desire to show their love in a special way.

“My purpose is to bring hope, peace, comfort, and love to others. I do this out of compassion and God’s leading. God has given me a heart for people with tragedies in their lives, and I want to share HIS love with them.”
                                                              --Rick Cryder

Our Mission is to give Angels to people who are grieving the loss of a family member or suffering from a serious illness, disability, or tragedy, AND to serve God to the best of our ability and demonstrate Christ’s love by this random act of kindness.

Our Vision is to touch and change as many lives as possible by expanding our community volunteer base so we can make and give away more Angels.

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April 2005 — Angels of Love was honored in Washington, D.C., with the National Acts of Caring Award from the National Association of Counties.

April 2005 — Rick Cryder was recognized as a Volunteer of the Year for 2004 by the County of Orange, California, for his volunteer work at the James A. Musick Jail and Joplin Juvenile Facility.

October 2005 — Angels of Love was presented with the Heroes with Heart Award by the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Orange County, California.

January 2006 — Angels of Love received the Daily Points of Light Award #3113 from former President George H.W. Bush, who stated, “Your acts of generosity and community action exemplify the spirit of service and set a standard of excellence to which people of all ages can aspire.”

July 2007 — Numerous Angel of Love volunteers received the President’s Call to Service Award from President George W. Bush for their volunteerism in working in excess of 4,000 volunteer hours.

October 2007 — Angels of Love was highlighted on Good Morning America after sending an Angel to co-host, Robin Roberts, for encouragement in her battle with breast cancer.

Miniature badges are attached to special Angels to match the organization they represent. For example:

  • In July 2002, we dedicated more than 950 Angels for families who lost a loved one in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Angels were made for each of the fire and law enforcement agencies, passengers and crewmembers on the hijacked airplanes, everyone at the Pentagon, and numerous people at the World Trade Center who lost their lives.
  • On Memorial Day 2004, we dedicated more than 1,000 Angels bearing an American flag and military branch insignia for each family who lost a loved one during military action in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
  • On September 11, 2007, Angels of Love took part in a memorial service to remember all of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy. The service took place at Northwood Community Park in Irvine, California.
  • Each family of a California law enforcement or fire department member fallen in the line of duty receives an Angel of Love.
  • We join all of these families in their grief and we continue to make and distribute these Angels as the need arises through the Gold Star Moms’ network.