Roman is still collecting items for the soldiers. Please leave your donation in the orange basket in the temple lobby. Thank you for participating in this special mitzvah!
Published in the Jewish Journal December 23, 2010
Amy Sessler Powell
Jewish Journal Staff
Mon, December 20, 2010
Roman Carnevale, 12, of Beverly, collects items for soldiers at Temple B’nai Abraham.
BEVERLY — Roman Carnevale has always had a fascination with soldiers.
“The first time I was in an airport, my parents told me to thank a soldier for serving our country. Now I am always talking to them and thanking them when I see them,” Carnevale said.
When the youth needed to choose a mitzvah project for his bar mitzvah in April, it made sense to focus on soldiers. Fortunately, his mother, Susan, knew Mark Medina, a probation officer in Lynn District Court who was already collecting items for the soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Carnevale interviewed Medina so he could understand what the soldiers needed and how things get to them, and then he offered to help with the collections. He also wrote letters to accompany the shipments.
Right now, the soldiers need beef jerky, coffee and powdered drinks, toiletries, Chapstick, DVD’s and decks of cards.
Carnevale has placed collection baskets at his mother’s offices at the Center for Family Development, Building 800, Suite 266t at Cummings Park, Beverly; at 70 Washington St., Suite 320 in Salem, and at Temple B’nai Abraham. There is also a collection at the Lynn District Court.
Medina said he works with two specific Army soldiers who have local ties, Specialist Keith Lovely in Afghanistan and Staff Sgt. Kris Kurowski in Iraq. These soldiers receive the supplies and then distribute them to their platoons.
Medina recently sent Lovely a thumb drive so he could download photos for Carnevale.
According to Medina, shipping costs about $150 per month, and that money is raised via an annual raffle and donations.
Medina started the project in October of 2006 with fellow probation officer, Kelley Montgomery. Since then, several individuals and businesses have gotten involved with donations, fund raising and letter writing.
“I hope to continue to help for at least eight months after my bar mitzvah,” Carnevale said.
For more information or to help, contact Susan Carnevale at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mark Medina at Lynn District Court, 781-598-6400.