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"Kathy helped me when..."

The inspiring words that started it all.

North Idaho is home to special people who embrace the value of living in a small community, knowing your neighbors, and lending a helping hand in need. This selfless spirit directly inspired the formation of the Angels Over Sandpoint.


In 1997, when long-time Sandpoint resident Kathy Pelland died tragically at the hands of an oncoming drunk driver on the Long Bridge, hundreds of people turned out for her memorial. In sharing stories and recollections, a common phrase was repeated over and over: “Kathy helped me when…” Invariably a story would follow about how she had been a good friend, regardless of time or circumstance, and had always lifted spirits without ever letting anyone down.


Kathy’s untimely death provided the inspiration for a group of friends to carry on her spirit and the Angels Over Sandpoint was formed. Since then, membership has grown and we continue to raise money at fun-filled events to sponsor our numerous programs and give back to the Bonner County community.


Today, we carry on in the spirit of the Angels by continuing to help those in need. Since 1997, Angels Over Sandpoint has raised over 1.5 million dollars and contributed money, time, and a helping hand to hundreds of local people to continue Kathy’s tradition of helping neighbors in need.

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