Stefania and her husband, Marino, are ordinary people. He is an architect. She’s a clerk. They have a son, Giorgio, who recently turned 15.
They are not and have never been well off. For years they have put all their energy and money into a modest house in the medieval town of L’Aquila, in Abruzzo, Italy.
At 3:32 a.m. on April 6, as the ground shook in the worst, deadliest earthquake that country has seen since 1980, Stefania shouted at Giorgio to stand under the door. The frame above it fell into his hands. He set it down and ran downstairs. The stairway held until the family got out, and then the whole building turned to ruble.
Stefania, Marino and Giorgio are alive. But they lost their house and everything in it. Photo albums, memories, letters, furniture, clothes. It’s all gone. They are not the only ones. The earthquake left more than 20,000 people homeless.
What would you do if you lost everything but the clothes you happen to be wearing in the middle of the night?
Stefania and her family are currently waiting to be assigned a sort of container where they will be living for a few months (and we hope not years.)
This family is not an anonymous story that took place somewhere far away. Stefania is the sister of one of Luca’s best friends, someone he’s known for more than 20 years.
If you would consider sending money to Stefania and her family it will not be lost in a bureaucratic labyrinth. It will go directly to a family in L’Aquila who would like to start over with a bit of dignity, and who is not ashamed to admit that they need all the help they can get.
I know full well life can change in a second. I know too that second can be in the middle of the night. I do hope that if I lose everything, someone out there will find it in their heart to help.
Donations (even 5 dollars would be tremendous) can be made with Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Luca and I will be matching donations up to $1,000.