Where did it all begin?
People often ask me how this all began. Where did Angel Delivery come from?
As a paediatric nurse and a mother of Two, I have the inside story on the chaos that comes with bringing home a new baby. Certain that all new mums would give their right arm for a warm, nourishing meal and a sparkling clean house, I started Baby Angel, a bite-sized business that saw me preparing hampers and travelling around Wellington with a mop and a bucket in the back of my car.
I have long known that food has the capacity to restore equilibrium. As a high school student I’d hand in some freshly baked muffins along with my essay and watch as my teacher completely forgot that the essay was a week overdue.
Just as I anticipated, Baby Angel was a hit. Instead of pastel jumpsuits being exchanged for fake exclamations of ‘Wow thanks, you can never have too many of these! No really, we’ll surely use all 43 of them before he moves up to the next size…’ people could jump online and order a divine meal – think lasagne and apple crumble with fresh cream – and rest assured that even if the new parents weren’t sleeping, they were at least not sleepless on an empty stomach.
What I hadn’t anticipated was the many calls from people asking if baby mamas and papas were my only speciality. Would I consider delivering a hamper to a friend who was going through a rough time with an illness? Would I prepare a meal on behalf of an employer wishing to express his condolences to a colleague who’d lost a loved one? And what about birthdays? Or anniversaries? The response to the concept of a truly nurturing gift was immense. Like me, it seemed everyone understood the healing power of food.
As Angel Delivery (or Baby Angel as it was in those days) expanded into not-just-baby territory, I started to get emails from people wanting to send care to their loved ones around the world. Did I know of anyone doing something similar in Australia? Or the UK? Or the States?
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