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Port Alberni woman who sews blankets for sick kids dubbed ‘Canada’s nicest person’

A Port Alberni woman who has made it her mission to sew blankets for sick kids has been named “Canada’s nicest person.”

Angel Magnussen created Hugginz By Angel, a registered charity that provides blankets and other items for kids with serious illnesses or other medical conditions…

Port Alberni woman who sews blankets for sick kids receives hero award’

A Vancouver Island woman who sews blankets for critically ill children was honoured for her fundraising efforts. Angel Magnussen received the Wilson Liu Community Hero Award in Vancouver on Friday…

Angel Magnussen hopes to inspire others

…Hugginz started when Angel, who lives with Down Syndrome and a host of health concerns, wanted to make something for kids who were sick in hospital. She herself has spent months of her life in hospital, and told Cheryl “kids need warm hugs to help them get better.”…

Port Alberni resident wins nation-wide contest for community work

Port Alberni resident Angel Magnussen, who is known for her selfless commitment to helping make the lives of children impacted by medical illness better, has won a nation-wide contest for her work….

4 Days Left on Hugginz Highway

Local philanthropist, Curtis Hargrove, set out on Hugginz Highway August 30th, from Port Alberni, BC, with the mission of spreading the love of a special friend, Angel and her handmade blankets, across two countries…


Blanket champion Angel finally takes flight

…Back in May, the Province wrote about Angel, a 20-year-old Port Alberni woman with Down syndrome and autism who has never let her own health challenges — which includes six jaw surgeries, tube feedings, and daily antibiotics — stop her from sewing more than 1,000 Hugginz blankets for sick kids across the country. Each blanket is handmade and includes a pocket for children to store their valuable possessions and trinkets …

Port Alberni teen makes a special blanket for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s son

Seventeen-year-old Angel Magnussen is hard at work on another Hugginz blanket. She lives with Down Syndrome and devotes her life to helping others. She spends hours making blankets for sick children, among other things.

Hugged by an Angel

.Most kids don’t get their dream job right out of high school but then again, most kids aren’t as determined as Angel Magnussen.

“She’s always known that’s what she wanted to do, spend her life helping sick kids,” says Cheryl Magnussen, Angel’s mom, “and this is really cool, to actually have that realized so young.”

Angel, 18, took that passion and founded Hugginz by Angel, a non-profit company dedicated to sewing blankets for sick children …

Hugginz By Angel

Meet our friend Angel. This young girl who was born with Down syndrome has a passion to help others just like Andrew does. Angel creates beautiful blankets and gives them to sick children in the hospitals so that each one can be wrapped and protected during their stay in a warm hug. How beautiful is that ? …

Awesome Angel

Angel is a big believer in creating joy, beauty and miracles…by giving back to the charity that supports her and so many other children. One of the key reasons that Angel wants to fundraise for Variety is that she knows that kids in the hospital need to have their families there, they need their moms and their dads.

Angel entered the Scotia Bank Game Changers competition last year – and just as she vowed she would: she won! $100,000 for her favourite charity.


Local angel gives the gift of love to those who need it most

Angel Magnussen was just five years old when she realized it was her life mission to help others. It was a realization that came despite — or maybe because of — all the help she needed herself. Angel, who has Down syndrome and autism in addition to various other health conditions, was repeatedly in hospital as a child. Right from the start, though, she was more concerned about the children around her than she was with herself. “Help sick kids. Need money,” she told her mother Cheryl during one of those early hospital stays. …

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