Harlie Jeanee DesArmo was born on April 2, 1998 and arrived in heaven on August 19,2013.
Harlie had an attitude that she could accomplish anything she set out to do. She had a great work ethic and an awesome love for adventure. Harlie was full of energy and always had a smile on her face. She was a four-sport athlete competing and earning her Varsity letter in Volleyball, Basketball and Track. Harlie also competed on an elite softball team in the summers. Harlie was on track to complete her Associates degree by the time her high school graduation rolled around. She had many goals she wanted to accomplish in her career including being an art teacher for special education students, child phycologist, journalist and for fun she wanted to take a trip to Africa and count how many spots giraffes have. Harlie loved the Lord and told everyone in her path about his love. She had just completed her first mission trip and she was actively involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes in our community.
On August 19, 2013, Harlie and her sister Courtney were walking right outside our driveway when they were both hit by a car. Courtney was hit first and the car crushed the left side of her body and she was thrown into a ditch. When Harlie was hit, the impact of the car, took her life immediately. The catastrophic events of that night were ruled accidental. Instead of taking the pain of losing one child and almost crippling our second child, we have chosen to follow God’s plan for our lives.
We began helping our small community of Castle Rock, that Christmas by doing toy drives in Harlie’s honor. We did this for two years before we decided that we have a bigger mission. We want to tell Harlie’s story of love and faith to everyone who will listen. We began making comfort bags for the children going into foster care. Each bag contains a teddy bear, blanket, a book, underwear, socks and a pair of pj’s. Last year we gave out 200 bags to the Department of Social Services to help the children in need. We also took on a construction project at the end of the year which changed our vision a little. More and more people have wanted to donate to our vision. So, with support from our friends and family, we have taken the step to make Harlie’s Angels more than just a small community give back program. We applied for our Non-Profit status and we are proud to say that Harlie’s Angels is ready to serve the children and adults in need. We want everyone to know of the love that our Lord feels for them.