Angie Moss said she is addicted to volunteering. “It’s an obsession,” said Moss, who was honored in a Shabbat service on December 14 at Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo.
Each year, Temple Beth El recognizes eight people during Hanukkah, one for each light on the menorah. Those eight individuals, called Shining Lights, are honored for their volunteer work outside the temple.
Moss grew up volunteering with her parents, but expanded her efforts in 2008, when she lost her job. She helped with American Red Cross mobile blood drives by checking in donors and explaining the process of giving blood.
“When I went back to work I missed it,” said Moss, who now spends Saturday mornings volunteering at the American Red Cross donor center in Fountain Valley.
On Thanksgiving Day, Moss helps to serve a free meal to the less fortunate at the Honda Center in Los Angeles.
For the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Moss is a mentor for a 19-year-old girl who is an emancipated foster youth in the foundation’s mentor program. Moss also helps with carnival rides at the Annual Foster Family Picnic, for which Orangewood is one of four sponsors.
When Moss heard about the Belle of the Ball Project, a program that provides disadvantaged girls with a dress for a prom or a graduation ceremony, she ran a drive to collect dresses. “I bugged everyone nonstop to give me all of their dresses,” said Moss, who filled two carloads with donated dresses.
Moss’ car is usually full of things to help others. She carries bags of healthy snacks and toiletries that she hands out to homeless people. “I want to make sure they’re getting food,” she said.
While driving home from work one evening, Moss noticed people lined up outside the armory in Santa Ana. She later learned that Mercy House operates a homeless shelter there, and the people she saw were waiting for a hot meal, a shower and a place to sleep.
“The people come in with nothing. They don’t even have a blanket to sleep under,” said Moss, who collects donations to purchase blankets and other supplies for the shelter.
This is only a partial list of how Moss helps others, but she said that she wants to do more. “I seriously love doing it,” she said about volunteering. “I feel happy when I’m doing it.”