A Request for Help

Earthquake victims in Italy are in need of relief, and the Italian American community is stepping up.


We often forget to count our blessings in life, and to be aware of how very quickly our lives can change. We saw a tragic example of that this past week when the poor families of Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto and other small towns in Central Italy were stuck by a horrific earthquake. These good families need our help.

Please consider making a donation, large or small, by going to www.italianamericanrelief.org to make a pledge. Or, send a check payable to NIAF, and mail it to: NIAF/Italian American Relief, 1860 19th St. NW, Washington D. C., 20009.

Italian American Relief is operated by our affiliate organization, The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), and the funds will all be used to care for those who are injured and/or homeless.

As Christians and people of Italian ancestry, we all possess a strong connection to those who have been so devastatingly affected. Please, if you are able, help take care of them in whatever way you can.

Basil M. Russo, National President
Italian Sons & Daughters of America

The below article, written by ALEX JOHNSON, appears on NBC News.

Italian-Americans Race to ‘Step Up and Do Something’ After Earthquake

In Italian communities across the United States, Italian-Americans — many with friends and relatives still living in the old country — are working the phones and keeping close watch on coverage of Wednesday’s disastrous earthquake in central Italy.

“I was there two days ago,” said Stefan Marchese, a musician and teacher in Boston whose parents and many other relatives still live in the region.

“They felt it. They felt the shock,” Marchese told New England Cable News. “Of course they are scared. Maybe they will sleep a few nights in a car because they are afraid to go back in the houses.”

As for himself, “the feeling to be far away — it makes you nervous, because you don’t know what to do,” he said.

The Italian flag was flying at half-staff outside the Italian Athletic Club in Washington Square Park, the heart of San Francisco’s Italian community. The club has been in contact with the Italian Embassy and is donating proceeds from a spaghetti-and-meatball benefit dinner Tuesday night to relief organizations.

“Everybody loves Italy, and when something like that happens, we’re all one,” Joe Marotto, the club’s president, told NBC Bay Area. Read more at NBC News…

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