March 23, 2017
Organization Brings Joy to Children Struck by Tragedy
Williamstown, NJ - Ask Debbie Savigliano about the mission of Bianca’s Kids, and she will tell you about each of the wishes granted as she walks you from photo-to-photo lining the walls of the organization’s office. There are a lot of photos and there have been a lot of wishes granted – more than 15,500 in the last seven years. And more wishes will be granted this year, thanks in part to a total of $5,000 in donations from the Investors Foundation and the Roma Community Bank Foundation.
Bianca’s Kids applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.
Savigliano is passionate about granting wishes and helping children and families. She started Bianca’s Kids to honor the memory of her niece, Bianca Yodice, who was struck and killed at the age of 21 by a car as she walked to the daycare center where she worked. Helping the children Bianca loved is Savigliano’s way of dealing with the grief of losing her niece.
The wishes granted by the organization are large and small – whatever will make a child happy. “This is a young girl who lost her best friend in an accident,” explained Savigliano, pointing to a photo on the wall, “she would go and sit in the cemetery every day. Her family was really worried about her. So we funded the purchase and installation of a memorial bench in a park where they played together as young children. She goes to the park now and is doing better.”
Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Williamstown Branch Manager Shannon Morgan-Leonen presented the checks to Savigliano and talked about the joy that comes with being able to assist in granting wishes to children struck by tragedy, displaced by the foster system, or affected by a disability. “Investors Bank is really blessed to have the opportunity to help Bianca’s Kids,” said Morgan-Leonen, “These children have been through so much – and many of them have long roads ahead of them that will require strength and perseverance – to be able to make them smile, laugh and enjoy themselves for even a short time is so wonderful.”
“I am so grateful to Investors and the Roma Community Bank Foundations for their support,” explained Savigliano, “every non-profit is so worthy of donations. We all are fighting for the same shrinking dollar. So I know how important each donation is in enabling us to continue to make children’s wishes come true, and to provide the parties and events we do at places like St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. We are so thankful to be able to keep Bianca’s dream of helping struggling children going.”
Photo Caption: Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Williamstown Branch Manager Shannon Morgan-Leonen (left) recently presented two checks from the Investors Foundation and Roma Community Bank Foundation totaling $5,000 to Bianca’s Kids Founder Debbie Savigliano.