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Dear Friends:

 

When the glorious season of Spring arrives in Italy we say 'Aprite le finestre. e' primavera ' which means 'throw open your windows - Springtime is here' and so I'd like to use this uplifting phrase which heard  as girl in Italy to ask you  to let the gentle breezes of Spring blow open your hearts to help us continue to fulfill our IWL  mission of helping 'I Nostri Bambini'.   

Since the year 2001 when we instituted our 'I nostri Bambini' program with your most generous and unflagging support we have been able to help countless children affected by severe physical illnesses, mental disabilities and severe emotional trauma. Since 2001 we have donated a total of over $2,651,000 and  in the year 2021 we helped 128 children by donating a total of $208,000.

Here is just a small sampling of the children we have helped this year---we provided a feeding chair to a non-verbal 30 year-old with the intellect of a 3-year old boy still in diapers and whose father is regrettably deceased ; we purchased a 'concept bike' for a 71/2 year old girl with learning disabilities and who has a genetic abnormality whereby she cannot walk and does not have proper balance; we paid for dental work and an anesthesiologist for a boy who has autism and epilepsy and who has a disabled mother; and we provided an activity chair to a 61/2 year old girl with cerebral palsy.

I should mention that we have two other very worthwhile programs, 'Adopt a Family For Christmas' and 'Adopt a Family for Easter''. To these programs we donated gift cards for food and essentials up to $ 1,000 to each family in 2021. These gifts were particularly important this year since we were (are) still afflicted by the Covid. pandemic. 

On behalf of the entire Italian Welfare League board I appeal to you for a contribution to the 'Easter Drive 2022' so we can continue our mission to help those Bambini that count on the generosity of the IWL families to help them.

We thank you for your past contributions and would be most grateful for your continued support.

Grazie,

Buona Pasqua,

Ivana Giuntoli McCotter

President

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