Namely News updates on community service projects and more

It’s time to clean up the office and take stock of the community, good events, and good hearts.

our little friend Vincenzo Gallo, 8, has a cheerful temperament and many causes deep in her soul. Last year, 2020, he collected blankets. His goal was 99 covers and he got around 350. His father, Omar, said there were blankets all over the house before the release date.

During the last season of Christmas 2021, he wanted to collect socks for the homeless. The socks are great and they take up less space in the Gallo house. He had a target of 200. Again he exceeded his mark with 1,500 pairs. The socks were donated to homeless people and Catholic charities.

Fewer cold feet there. Thanks Vincenzo.

Dad said there has been a wonderful outpouring of support and emails. “Local dental practices – Hacken Orthodontics, Dr. Gregory Robbins, Jefferson Dental Center and Oral Surgery Michiana – all brought socks.”

Mary Szabo, office manager in Hacken, said all offices came together to collect the socks. “We were impressed with Vincenzo and the way he wants to get involved.” And there’s a lot to be said for hot toes.

Next year, Vincenzo plans to collect hats and gloves for Christmas. Stay tuned.


The ripple effect vocal visionary project had a chilly day on Dec. 11, 2021, when it sang outside InRugCo on East Mishawaka Avenue in South Bend to collect hot items to donate to the Broadway Christian Church.

Vocal visionary project Ripple Effect hosted a warm and fuzzy Christmas hat/glove fundraiser on December 11 outside InRugCo, East Mishawaka Avenue. You may not remember it, but it was a lousy day – windy and cold. They sang no matter what.

Choirmaster Sherry Klinedinst called the day “freezing.” But we are a strong group. Traffic was good and people were generous. “Broadway Christian Church was thrilled with the hats and gloves.”

There were a lot of people running to the collection barrels and back to the car, Sherry said.

The choir does street side fundraising every year. Sherry said the choir had withstood harsh weather conditions over the years and nothing was stopping them.


Four babies were born on Christmas Day 1959 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Mishawaka.  The four, Susan Robertson, left, Timothy Mortimer, Douglas Toombs and George Gherardi receive birthday wishes on their first birthday.  Santa presents a cake to the gang.  The photo was published in the South Bend Tribune.

Georges Gherardi looking for three people. You may recall that he was born on Christmas Day 1959 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mishawaka. He shared the nursery with three babies born on the same day.

He has a Tribune photo of the four babies and their moms. Of course, the photo had George. The other three in the photo are Susan Robertson, Timothy Mortimer and Douglas Graves.

After all these years, George hoped to find the three. The column ran its history and an email address for contacts. We’ve all got our fingers crossed for some good news.

George said he received a handful of responses from detectives, online hobbyists and genealogists.

“Everyone has been found. It’s up to me to contact them. Maybe we can swap photos. A group photo may not be possible,” George said. They are a bit scattered now.

George thanks people for searching the web and helping out.


Unity Gardens will be rolling out the Edgy Veggie Bus this summer.  It will be used for gardening education.

What has happened at Unity Gardens, South Bend, since it received an award from USA Today and the Gannett Satellite Information Network?

The gardens were recognized as Earthkind’s Best in December. The prize was $1,000. Sara Stewart, general manager, was happy as a lark because it bought a lot of seeds.

It’s winter, but that doesn’t slow things down too much.

After the award was announced, she said, she received many calls from communities interested in creating gardens. Maybe start slow, a few gardens. Communities wanted advice on how to get the ball rolling.

She also saw the South Bend community supporting the model. “It’s a positive result. More and more people are interested in online courses and seminars. I’m always happy to see 30 or more new people in an online course. Very diverse groups.

Sarah said she had a number of interview requests. “I got a call from Now This News. It got my daughter excited. I’ve never heard of it, but the company puts a lot of information online.”

Soon, Sarah says, will be the finishing touches on the welcoming building on Prast Boulevard, the Growing Summit and a refurbished truck called “Edgy Veggie” that will bring gardening ideas to people.

“Gardeners should check the Unity Garden website for updates. We have adjusted and moved dates due to COVID. We always have a plan B, just in case,” Sarah said.

She said it’s been a good year with lots of good ideas to come. “The gardens have grown. It was all very fortuitous.

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Norma P. Rex