Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week Frank Santangelo

Meet this week’s “Special Person of the Week:Frank Santangelo

Bringing blessing boxes to Somerville was the brainchild of Somerville’s Frank Santangelo who saw a segment on the news where a helpful citizen who wanted to do a good deed for his community and placed blessing boxes out to distribute needed items for the needy. 

The good citizen placed a blessing box in a Texas town where they filled it with canned goods, nonperishable foods and hygiene items for the homeless or anyone down on their luck. 

Santangelo said “The idea of a blessing box is that the people donate items and the less fortunate take items as needed.  

So Santangelo tossed the idea around for a short while and put his plan into action.
Santangelo put together and delivered the first two Somerville Blessing boxes two years ago and put them in place.

One box has been placed in Statue park in Davis Square and the other one in Union Square Plaza that’s located in Union Square. 

Santangelo hopes that “People will do the right thing and help when they can and take only what they need.” He also stated that “This could be a good thing and I don’t care about dishonest or greedy people taking too much. Because if they take all the food and items, then obviously they needed it!”

Frank is also involved in many other charities across the city as well including donating countless hours for Toys for Local Children every year.

Frank Santangelo is an absolute unsung hero here in Somerville!

We here at the Somerville News Weekly salute you for everything that you do to make Somerville a better place.


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