ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Retired Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan and his wife Bridget were recognized on Tuesday in Washington D.C. for their work in Haiti as a part of the Angels in Adoption program.
Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer made the nomination for their organization “Brace for Impact 46.”
“Don’t get into this type of work to receive a award, but anytime you get recognized, especially on this level…to be nominated by somebody as a U.S. Representative is very exciting and we’re thrilled to be here,” McClellan says.
Brace for Impact was honored for their work in raising funds and awareness for children’s needs at the IDADEE Orphanage in Haiti.
“The kids that we have down in Haiti, because of a wide variety of reasons, are really un-adoptable,” McClellan says. “But part of the side here that we really connected with in the Angels of Adoption, is providing…safe homes for those in the most desperate of need.”
McClellan says his goal is to provide the Haitian children with the best environment and best skill set they can have, so as adults, they can be successful.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute orchestrates the program. Past recipients include former First Lady Laura Bush, Muhammad Ali and Bruce Willis.
The Angels in Adoption program gives the opportunity for members of the U.S. Congress to honor those who have improved the lives of foster children and orphans throughout the world.
This year, over 140 Angels were honored through the program.
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