We spoke with Georgia Alvarez, founder of “Wings of Eagles” The Joseph Alvarez Organization for Seriously Ill Children, to find out how they started and what an important part they play in Northern California communities. “Wings of Eagles” started in 1993 in memory of Georgia’s son, Joseph, who had passed away of a very rare form of leukemia. Since then they have been helping families with seriously ill children both in their daily lives, and during emergencies.
They were able to raise $1500 for the very first family they helped back in 1993. This helped the family by paying their overdue house payments with some leftover to provide their child with a nice Christmas. All money raised directly benefits the families who have seriously ill children, and since the start of “Wings of Eagles”, over a million dollars has been raised.
The big focus of these funds is monthly traveling expenses. For example, the cost quickly adds up when a family has to drive from Oroville to Sacramento for doctor visits. These funds also cover food, lodging, holidays, funeral expenses, and emergency expenses. Currently they serve children from Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba counties.
On March 3, they will be hosting a Bowl-A-Thon in Chico at AMF Orchard Lanes from 12 – 4 pm. They are currently looking for teams to play. All proceeds will benefit the children who are a part of “Wings of Eagles”.
If you are interested in the Bowl-A-Thon, wish to donate to “Wings of Eagles”, or have a seriously ill child who could use their assistance, please visit their website at https://wingsofeagles.org/. If you have any questions, feel free to give them a call at (530) 893-9231.