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Women of Wilmington Children Send Hearts and Snowflakes to Newtown

The creations will be sent to the children of Newtown, Conn.

The Women of Wilmington brought children together Thursday at Heavenly  Donuts to make snowflakes and hearts to be sent to the children of Newtown, Conn.

According to a spokesperson from the Women of Wilmington, "this is a project that in conjunction with the events that are being run in cities and towns across the  country to show the people, especially the children of Newtown, that they remain in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers."

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Vincent Lazzeri December 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Wasn't this being done in the schools? When we were kids, we would do stuff like this in our nighborhood at someone's house. Our mothers didn't take us to a donut shop and call a photographer. Kind of sad to use your kids and an event like the Newtown tragedy to put yourselves as parents in the spotlight.
Matt Schooley (Editor) December 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Vincent, Thank you for checking in. You are correct in that some teachers around the district had their students make snowflakes and hearts as well. The Learning Experience in Wilmington is also running a snowflake drive. I did not attend the event, so I can't say for sure, but I am guessing the Women of Wilmington were simply looking for a common meeting location for more children to come together during their break from school. Lennie Malvone is an active community member who happens to take photos at events he attends so that he can blog them on Patch. So I'm not sure it's accurate to say the group called a photographer just to put themselves in the spotlight. As I said, I wasn't there so I am not sure all the details, but I just wanted to clear that up. Thanks for your comment, and I hope you have a great weekend! Matt
Lennie Malvone December 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM
This was done. In conjunction with the snow flake drive being held. Nations wide. The donut shop was nice enough to to allow the women of Wilmington a central place to meet. No other motives except to allow Wilmington kids to reach out and to the community of children in Newtown Just like. Hundreds of other communities are doing
David O'Mahony December 29, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Dear Vincent: Thank you for your wonderful suggestion of hosting events like this at "someone's house." I have always found "someone" to be especially generous with their time and talents. At the risk of putting "someone" in the spotlight, do you think that we should be so bold as to nominate "someone" to be the 2013 Wilmington Good Guy? I will defer to your judgment it this matter.
Joseph Maiella December 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Thank you to the Women of Wilmington for everything you do in our great town!! You are a special group of women!
Vincent Lazzeri December 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Matt and Lennie, I appreciate the great job you both do on Wilmington Patch. My comments weren't directed towards you, but I stand by my comments 100%. David, my point was that years ago when I was growing up in Everett, it was just a bunch of kids doing stuff like this on their own. Not our moms looking for publicity for their Mom's club. The Good Guy award should be a well deserved surprise to someone, not something you try to win. Come on David, I know you agree with me, but you just can't say it.
David O'Mahony December 29, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Vincent, you do realize that you were commenting on Lennie Malvone's blog post on the Patch, right? He is not a journalist, you know. He is a proud grandfather, whose grandchildren participated in this event. Lennie knows something about loss, having had to say goodbye to his wife just this past year, and so he is justifiably proud of his grandchildren's participation in events like this, where they are sending a small token of themselves to a community that suffered such an immense loss. I was there, as well, my wife having been ill this week, and I was proud of the kids and the moms that put the event together. In the grand scheme of things, those little hearts aren't going to fill the void left in Newtown, CT, but it is at least some small measure of condolence and if it wasn't enough for you or if the children weren't mournful enough for you, why don't you organize a more fitting tribute? The reality is that the Women of Wilmington have nearly 400 members and they organize charitable events like this all the time. They volunteer hundreds of hours a a year and raise a lot of money to support those in need and the last thing they need is people like you, who think they know everything, injecting venom into social networks like these Patch blogs and casting aspersions about their motives. They don't do it because they expect anything out of it other than the reward that one feels when doing a good deed. Shame on you for not recognizing that.
Robin Arsenault Domek December 30, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Amen to that, David. I reread the above article, and noted that no one person was named as spokesperson for Women of Wilmington (WOW) and that all of the posted pictures featured children and not adults. As a member of WOW who did not attend the snowflake-making event, the assertion that WOW is trying "to use your kids and an event like the Newtown tragedy to put yourselves as parents in the spotlight" is absurd. "Someone" should be ashamed of himself and find a better use of his time than to criticize people who are doing good deeds.
Vincent Lazzeri December 30, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I stand by my comments 100%. David, what's more sad here is you bringing up that a man lossed his wife into the conversation and saying that maybe I thought that the "children weren't mournful enough." Pretty low.
David O'Mahony December 30, 2012 at 05:14 PM
This isn't a conversation, Vincent - at least not a genial one. It is a response to personal attack. What's more, the Malvone family are not strangers to me and I grieved their loss with them. You, on the other hand, seem to be able to comment on the motives of others as if you know them. It is obvious that you have some agenda and you need to have the last word, after all, you chose this to be your first time posting on the Patch (under this name, at least) so have at it. I trust that people of good will take your opinions of what is "sad" and "low" with a grain of salt.
Jenn Spear January 04, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Great job WOW! I have a few friends that are active participants in this organization and I think that their effort to support our community and others is commendable. On a side note, we are still collecting snowflakes at The Learning Experience until Monday, January 7th if anyone would like to pay it forward :)
Randi DeLoreto January 04, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Vincent, as you said that was a long time ago.....things have changed. Roll with the times my friend. Publicity or not, those kids are going to feel better about themselves because they made someone feel good. Don't take that away from them with your comments. Didn't your mother ever tell you that if you don't have something nice to say then don't say it at all?

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