A Celebration of Kindness

A Little Girl Who Loves to Help

Six-year-old Lucia St. Lorenzo is a student at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School. And for as long as she can remember, she’s been driven to perform acts of kindness for everyone she meets.

Maybe it runs in the family. Her father, Antonio St. Lorenzo, is the founder and CEO of Boot Camp Farms, a non-profit that works with UCONN’s College of Agriculture to manage sustainable hydroponic farms and provide jobs for returning veterans.

"She just has a heart, and she's always looking to help somebody," said Antonio.

This holiday season, Lucia has been on the move. Working with Inn at Newtown owners Rob Ryder and Susan Anzalone, she helped provide a Thanksgiving dinner for Newtown police officers. And all because she noticed the station while in the car with her father.

“Thanksgiving was coming up, and I heard they might not get Thanksgiving dinner," Lucia said. "So I asked daddy if we could make them a dinner.”

The six-year-old barely took a breath before the next act of kindness began.

She took to the streets of Newtown — well, the parking lot outside Big Y and Dunkin Donuts — to hand out green-and-white teddy bears to strangers, passersby, construction workers, Salvation Army workers and anyone else she saw.

Why does she do it? "It just feels good to help people," she says.


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