Neighborhood learns to make 'Angel Snugs'

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Members of The Greens neighborhood in Pelican Point gathered Friday afternoon, Feb. 8, to learn how to make Angel Snugs. From left, Diane Tygier, Greens resident and 
event organizer; Tracy Legare, Angi Farrugia, founder and president of Angel Snugs; and Ted Horrobin, Greens resident; show off their creations.

Thirty five residents and friends of The Greens neighborhood in Pelican Point gathered Friday afternoon, Feb. 8, to learn how to make Angel Snugs. The Snugs are the brain child of Angel Snugs founder and president Angi Farrugia, who has traveled the country – and soon the world – establishing chapters of volunteers to knit, crochet or loom-knit warm and "snuggly" hats for children undergoing treatment for cancer. She contacts hospitals that house pediatric cancer units and offers the handmade and donated hats for their young patients.

Greens resident Diane Tygier organized the event with neighbor Ted Horrobin and his daughter Tracy Legare. They invited friends and neighbors to meet Angi and learn about her volunteer efforts. Ray Stonemark of Don's Seafood on Cabela Pkwy. provided delicious refreshments for the group.

Angie says that two years ago, while volunteering with the Leukemia Society, she realized that there was a special need among young people enduring chemotherapy: the kids were cold! Between loss of hair and the temperature demanded by treatment, these children were suffering even more than she felt they had to. That was when she came up with the idea of Angel Snugs. She began recruiting volunteers to donate their time and efforts to help these young people, ranging in age from premature infants to older teens. She now has an organization of volunteers across the country. With 46 children diagnosed with cancer every day, the need for Snugs is enormous, and interested groups can reach Angi at www.angelsnugs.org.