Mary Massa was born in Italy, not far from where that massive earthquake killed more than a hundred people.
“You could feel that shake, even two three hours away you could feel it and hear it that’s why we called and we wanted to know if they were okay,” said Massa.
A lot of her family is still there, but thankfully they’re all safe.
“I have about five or six and my brother is there by the Adriatic sea and my brother is in Abruzzo. It hits home, it hit home to my heart,” said Massa.
She says she was there last year and that cities like Aquila, devastated by an earthquake in 2009 were just starting to rebuild and now other cities must begin that process all over again.
“We need peace and i hope they can find that peace and we’re trying to get some relief there send some funds out there,” said Massa.
Back here in New York, Massa and other members of the Italian American Community Center in Gates are working to collect money to send over to those affected by the earthquake, and they’re doing it the best way they know how.
In that part of Italy, Phyllis Glover from IACC explains, “they do a special ‘festa’ and they have a kind of sauce and pasta people travel to come have it, and so we’re going to have a ‘festa’ and use it as a fundraiser to give to them.”