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Spring deadline nears for Angel of Hope memory blocks

The Perham Area Angel of Hope Memorial Park, located at the corner of Third Avenue and Sixth Avenue NE, was dedicated on Sept. 24, 2004.

The idea for the park was born from the deepest grief any parent, sibling, grandparent, extended family or friend will ever feel – the death of a beloved child.

The names on the park’s memory walls are the names of children of all ages.

The park is a special place to grieve, hope and heal; a place to remember and celebrate the lives of children.

Each spring and fall, new memory blocks are added to the walls at the park.

It is time for this year’s spring orders to be sent in. The order deadline is May 1.

Brochures are available at the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce, or from anyone on the Angel of Hope committee. The order form for a memory block is on the brochure. The cost for a memory block is $150.

Each block includes up to three lines of information.

Sept. 24 will mark the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the park. The committee is planning a special celebration in light of that milestone, and in honor of the children memorialized at the park.

The committee is seeking ideas and help planning from the community. Skilled gardeners are especially sought after, to keep the flower gardens at the park looking their best. Volunteers are also needed to help with cleanup of the beds in the fall, and with the annual candlelight vigil, held every Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Brenda Thompson at 218-758-3083, email, or call Kathy Kowitz at 346-4497 or Kim Nelson at 218-367-3117.

Memory block order forms and any donations may be sent to: Angel of Hope, PO Box 164, Perham MN 56573.