Forgotten Angels will be raffling a new 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor with the full off-road package. All ticket sales will go toward benefiting Forgotten Angels.

Forgotten Angels is a nonprofit that provides resources and support to children that have aged out of foster care and are struggling to achieve housing, education and life skills. Many children that lived in foster care until the age of 18 find themselves with no home, no transportation and little hope for the future. That is where Forgotten Angels steps in. The organization purchased 12 acres of land in Valrico several years ago and currently houses 17 residents in tiny homes built on the property.

“We are proud to say that we are opening new facilities in the near future in Atlanta, Georgia; St. Augustine, Florida; another facility in Valrico,” said David Tyler, executive director. “The hard work that goes into the young men that come to us is paying off in spades. Every single resident of Forgotten Angels is either working full time at great companies like Hoppen Home Entertainment, Smart Surfaces and, very soon, Tampa Bay Fisheries, or attending Hillsborough Community College or taking online college courses. We are also proud to have a graduating JRTC member at Newsome High School, making us very proud.”

Forgotten Angels takes these children in and teaches them life skills, including the opportunity to build their own tiny home, open a bank account, build credit, get a job and transportation as well as experience love, care and guidance while being part of a family. All 17 residents have their own vehicles and sources of income, and some even put money aside for retirement.

“As a foundation, we are blessed to have one of the best communities in the world as supporters,” said Tyler. “That would be the motorcycle community. Through our motorcycle rallies, motorcycle camp outs, sponsored rides and sponsors like Harley Davidson, we have been able to grow faster than we ever anticipated.”

In order to continue funding and growing, Forgotten Angels is raffling off a brand-new 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor with the full off-road package. This incredible truck will be won on March 19, 2022. There will also be a second-place raffle winner of a Low Rider S Harley Davidson motorcycle. Raffle tickets are $25 for one ticket and $100 for five tickets. All the money donated to this raffle goes toward the Forgotten Angels children, building more tiny homes and expanding the circle of compassion.

In addition, on Saturday, December 18, Forgotten Angels is hosting a Christmas event for approximately 45-50 students from Simmons Career Center in Plant City. Last year, due to COVID-19, this event was canceled.

“This year, we will make sure they have the best Christmas ever,” said Tyler. “ Please contact us if you would like to donate a gift, gift card or even food.”

To purchase a raffle ticket, visit https://rafflecreator.com/pages/47938/ford-ranger-raffle-fundraiser. To find out how you can help, email david@forgottenangelsflorida.org, call 728-0461 or visit www.forgottenangelsflorida.org.

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.