In July, longtime Project A.N.G.E.L. President Rita Hodson passed away, leaving some uncertainty for the future of the organization.
Now Hodson’s daughter, Nikki Ford, is following in her mother’s footsteps as the president and is letting people know that the non-profit organization isn’t going anywhere.
“I think the board decided Project A.N.G.E.L. would keep going immediately after my mom’s death,” Ford said. “On Aug. 27, we had a board meeting and then we had a community meeting asking for volunteers to help cover a lot of the things that my mom did, because she kind of used Project A.N.G.E.L. as her full-time job. At that August meeting, I was elected president.”
However, with all that comes with the position, Ford said she wasn’t sure she would be able to keep up with it.
“I honestly was getting ready to resign because my kids were pulling me different directions,” she said. “Mom was so passionate about this. I couldn’t just let it go. I had to step up, whether it was me taking over or someone else on the board taking over. I knew that it had to keep going because this was her passion.”
Ford said her mother went above and beyond as president.
“The months of November and December, there were nights that she slept at Project A.N.G.E.L.,” she said. “She made sure that every kid got what they asked for for Christmas and made sure the orders were correct … she went out to the houses the next day and made sure they were correct. She had a heart for kids and a heart for the community and I couldn’t let that die when she left.”