SOUTHINGTON â€“ Dâ€™Angelo Grilled Sandwiches recently gave several sandwiches and bags of chips to American Legion Post 72 in recognition of the postâ€™s effort to provide laptops to military members serving overseas and veterans.
The donation was part of Dâ€™Angeloâ€™s EveryDAy Heroes program, with which the restaurant seeks out â€ścommunity heroesâ€ť and delivers them free sandwiches and chips as a sign of appreciation for the work they do in the community. Recipients are chosen through nominations from community members across New England. Since the programâ€™s inception last year, Dâ€™Angelo has donated 8,450 Sandwiches and bags of Chips to 178 organizations throughout New England.
â€śWe are grateful for the opportunity these programs provide to connect with our neighbors, learn about the amazing things going on in our communities, and then reward the individuals involved with delicious food,â€ť said Deena McKinley, CMO of Dâ€™Angelo and Papa Ginoâ€™s. Papa Ginoâ€™s has also donated 1,456 extra-large pizzas to 186 organizations through the â€śPizza My Heartâ€ť program.
Jason Cap, commander of American Legion Post 71, said that the food was received July 21.
â€śWe were grateful to Dâ€™Angelo for recognizing us and choosing to donate a lunch to our member volunteers,â€ť he said. â€śWe are also thankful to the members of our post who do so much to see that veterans are well taken care of.â€ť
Cap said that American Legion Post 72 was recognized for the â€śLaptops for Troopsâ€ť program, spearheaded by Steve Pintarich who chairs the Legionâ€™s programs committee. The program, a partnership with Virginia based company DXC, provides laptops to military members serving overseas and veterans.
Pintarich said that since the programâ€™s inception 10 years ago, more than 4,100 laptops have been provided.
â€śIâ€™m totally amazed that the company is still supporting us after 10 years,â€ť he said. â€śToday we gave a laptop to a young National Guard member who didnâ€™t have a computer and is going back to school.â€ť
Pintarich said that he is grateful that the post was recognized by Dâ€™Angelo but is proud to be part of this effort even if it were not recognized.
â€śThose who are ready to go overseas are especially glad to receive these laptops,â€ť he said. â€śThey will be able to use them to stay in touch with their families by email and web camera. It helps the families because they are able to see their kids and it helps the military members to see their parents and know that their families havenâ€™t forgotten about them.â€ť
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