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Peabody's Romano Helps Gather Basics for Fellow Teens in Need

PVMHS senior Alexandra Romano, a stalwart supporter of the city's food pantry in her own right, came up with a recent charitable campaign to gather basic toiletries for teens in need.

Peabody teen Alexandra Romano is "giving back" by collecting toothpaste, brushes, shampoo, soap, razors and other personal hygeine items for fellow teens who might be in need.

Mom Angela Romano tells Peabody Patch that Alexandra, 17 and a senior at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, came up with the idea to make up "toiletry bags" and recently collected donations from family and friends, which she then brought over to Haven from Hunger for any teens served by the local food pantry.

"Her thought was that they should start the school year off with new personal items like a lot of kids do," said Angela Romano. In total, Alexandra dropped off 20 bags at the Haven a couple weeks ago.

Each bag contained a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, shampoo/conditioner, soap or body wash, body spray (Axe for the guys), shaving cream, two disposable razors and deodorant.

Angela Romano says Alexandra and her sister have helped out at the Haven before, collecting various donated items during the year -- even at their own birthday parties -- and organizing "Caroling for Cans" efforts. In fact, the sisters and some friends have gone Christmas caroling in the Romano's neighborhood, collecting donations for the pantry at each house they sang at.

"I thought it was a nice story -- no crime or bullying," says Angela Romano. "Just a good kid thinking of others."

E. Kappy September 18, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Nice job Romano!!!! You're a great kid and always has been!
sandy costa September 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM
What a great girl you turned out to be....so proud of you...your mom and dad did such a nice job raising you girls.so proud
Anita Romano September 19, 2012 at 12:08 AM
What a very caring young lady you are. you and your sister are very thoughtful girls. Your Mom and Dad did a very good job raising both of you. You should be proud of yourself and I`m sure your mom and dad are. Good luck in all you do in your life!!!!! Love, Uncle Joe and Aunt Anita
beverley griffin Dunne September 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Alexandra Romano, you have done a wonderful thing! Thinking of others, and caring so much that you put together those special packages, is an admirable quality. I can understand why your family is very proud of you, and hope you know that many people who have read this article are very proud of you,too!
Amanda Veiga-Cianciolo November 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Alex, what a wonderful young lady you are! I am so pleased to see that you are still as wonderful as you were in 7th grade! Best Wishes! Keep up the good work! You should be very proud of yourself and all of your accomplishments! Miss Veiga-Cianciolo

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