In this month’s Supporter Corner, we have the pleasure of introducing you to the De Angelo family. Nick and Elizabeth are passionate about the mission of Moms Helping Moms, and we are so grateful for their dedication to the cause. We hope you feel as inspired by them as we do!

 

Tell us a little bit about your family.
My husband Nick and I met at the University of Notre Dame as undergraduates.  We were both in the Naval ROTC program there and were commissioned as Naval officers upon graduation in May 2001. In June of the same year we were wed on campus and Nick served 5 years as a Submarine Officer and I served 5 years as a Surface Warfare Officer. We were both raised in Catholic families and taught the importance of service to others through our faith. That continued in college and during our time serving our country in the Navy. Today, I am a stay-at-home mother and home educator to three great kids, ages 10, 8, and 5. Nick works for Walmart.com/Jet.com in operations.

How did you find out about Moms Helping Moms?
I found out about Moms Helping Moms through friends on Facebook in New Providence who knew Bridget. Then I was reminded of them when Jet.com had a diaper drive and Moms Helping Moms was one of the beneficiaries.

Why does this cause matter to you? Why now in particular?
Nick and I both believe that every life has value and we know that many parents struggle to support their children in their basic needs.  We are raising 3 kids ourselves and we know the cost associated with it and are grateful we are able to provide for our kids. We want every parent to be able to enjoy their child and not have to worry about whether they will have enough diapers this month to meet their child’s need. We feel called by our faith to support every mother we can that chooses life for her child. We also want our kids to be aware of the obstacles that some people face in life and that we are called to help others.

In general, what are you most passionate about? Why?
Nick and I are both passionate about raising good faithful children that will be positive forces for good in our world.

Where does your philanthropic spirit come from?
We feel we have been amply blessed and we want to pass that on to those less fortunate.  We want to mold our kids in to socially aware people who think of others first and try to find ways to show love to everyone they encounter.  Our faith and our families taught us this lesson of giving.  Nick came from a large Italian immigrant family who always opened their doors to anyone who needed a meal or a place to stay or a family to call their own.  His grandparents taught this lesson to him from an early age.  His parents continue this generous spirit today. My parents were also incredibly generous with their time.  My father was active in helping the drug and alcohol addicted in our community and he continues to this day.  My parents also took in my dad’s sister when I was a child.  She has cerebral palsy and needed a family and so she came to live with us and my parents became her legal guardian.  Later when I was in high school, they took in a friend of mine who needed a home, a girl I am now happy to call my sister.  Our families made it clear to us that sacrifice and love go hand in hand and that we are called to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and give shelter to the homeless.

What would you like to pass on to future generations?
We would like to pass this on to our kids.  We want to be an example to them as our parents were to us by giving to organizations that are doing important things for those in need.  It makes us happy to see the organizations we support thrive and grow.

If you had a family slogan, what would it be?
Be a light to the world.  Radiate love wherever you go and always have your eyes open to find those less fortunate who need a helping hand.