LETTER: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Holds Successful Diaper Drive; Thanks Volunteers, Sponsors & Donors

Dear Editor,

Over the course of the month of March, the Diaper Drive Committee, led by SOI Trustee Janet Engrem has worked tirelessly to collect diapers to help Paula Stalker and the Gifts of Love.  The Diaper Drive culminated this weekend with a Drive By event at the Town Common Parking Lot where friends, neighbors, family, Sons of Italy members and passers-by dropped off diapers, made donations and even got to take a photo with the Easter Bunny! Not to be deterred by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the superstar group from the Wilmington Sons of Italy filled up 4 pick up trucks, 3 SUV’s and 1 Mini Van with diapers and wipes as well as collected over $1000 in donations to help mothers in need!

The committee consisted of 8 young women of the Wilmington Sons of Italy, who for several months met over Zoom to plan out this month long event and then executed it to perfection!  My hat is off to Janet Engrem, Julie Sbraccia Manos, Michele Caira Nortonen, Deb Cipriani, Linda Corriveau, Edi-Jo Cooper, Lisa King, and Alicia Johnson (AKA Peter Rabbit), along with their sidekicks who deserve Honorable Mention: Paul Tivnan, Paul Cipriani, Pat Tivnan, Kevin Engrem, Lenny Malvone, John Romano, and Marylin Manos.

Special thanks to those who donated goods and services, sponsored, allowed us to put a collection box in their place of business, matched gifts and more; which without you all  this event would not have been possible: DaMore Law, Vertuccio & Smith Funeral Home, Tremezzo’s, Tremezzo’s Pizzeria, Josie’s Bakery, Hair Xtreme,Wilmington Town Hall, Shawsheen Elementary School, Designs By Don, East Celebrity Elite Cheer, Integrity Electrical, Wilmington 4th of July Committee, North Shore Yard Sign, Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp, Texas Road House – Methuen, and Toni’s Cookies.  A special shout out to the Shawsheen 3rd Graders who held signs on Saturday morning in front of the school to encourage people to stop by the Town Common and donate diapers!

We are also grateful to all those who donated diapers and wipes or made a cash donation.  With your support, the Gifts of Love will be able to help many, many mothers and their children during this most difficult time.


Wilmington Sons of Italy

Sons of Italy Diaper Drive

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