Enzo’s pajama drive for needy enlists support of Legion family

MILLSBORO — The American Legion’s annual Trunk or Treat Sunday was preceded by a pajama party of sorts.

Before costumed guests rolled in for two hours of fresh cider, cupcakes and goodie-gathering on Sunday, the Legion Post 28 family donated its support to Enzo’s Pajama Drive for Hope — a nonprofit effort spearheaded several years ago by 9-year-old Enzo Vincent of Camden.

Approximately 160 assorted pajamas — both boys and girls with assorted sizes ranging from infant up through age 18 — collected locally during the American Legion national convention in Indianapolis and the detachment/state event in Dover this summer were presented.

“Enzo is doing this project because year at the holidays he’d get a new pair of pajamas. He said it would make him feel good,” said Sons of the American Legion Squadron 28 member Scott Underkoffler, a member of the SAL’s National Executive Committee. “And he realized that there are children out there that were not as fortunate to have pajamas. That is his drive, to help children that are less fortunate. He’s collecting pajamas to donate to those children.”

“It’s something we did a family when he was four,” said Enzo’s mom. “This is the fourth year he asked the community to help. The first year we were able to do 50 pajamas on our own, but he kept raising his goal. So last year he donated over 3,500 pajamas to Delaware children. And we stopped counting after 3,500 ….”

Enzo, son of Danielle and Joe Vincent, is again hoping to reach grand milestones to helping to clothe less fortunate kids in Delaware.
“I’m going to try to get 1,000 for each county,” said Enzo.
“He gets them (new pajamas) every year and that is where his idea came from,” said Ms. Vincent.

“When I was 5, I told mom that I wished every child could have new pair of pajamas,” Enzo said during last year’s pajama drive. “I wanted to give children in need a sense of hope. It brings me much happiness to watch the children open their new pajamas. I can see it on their faces that they feel the same way I do when I open mine.”

An avalanche of package deliveries to the Vincent home in Camden is likely to commence over the holiday season.
“We get them from all over the United states. So, like the month before Christmas he’ll get 20 packages a day, from all over … Pennsylvania, Maine, California – everybody,” said Ms. Vincent. “What happened was he was interviewed last year by ABC-TV and … the last week or two, it went crazy. His goal last year was 1,000 for each county. He surpassed that.”

The spread the word effort through the Legion Post 28 at the national convention drew response from numerous states.
Pajamas are earmarked for less fortunate children in need.

“We do give to some moms and dads. If we know that there is a family in need, we will give to the entire family. But we take the pajamas and we divide them up between the three counties and then the schools tell us where the pajamas should go,” Ms. Vincent said.
When not busy with his pajama drive, Enzo, a third grader at Holy Cross School, is active in his church. He likes sports and plays the piano and guitar.

Enzo’s Pajama Drive of Hope last year drew support from throughout the area, including the Caesar Rodney wrestling team, Lake Forest School District, Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy in Milford, Faw Casson, Continental Jewelers in Wilmington, Delaware Guitar School in Camden, Del-One Federal Credit Union, Harrington Senior Center, Hello Gorgeous in Camden, PNC Bank in downtown Dover and Tile Market of Delaware.
So, Enzo’s pajama goal this year is to provide 1,000 each for New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

New pajamas aren’t his only compassionate arm of assistance.
“He is going to use some of his funds that he has been saving to get mattresses for a couple of the children that don’t have them,” Ms. Vincent said. “A couple of kids wrote to him to thank him for the pajamas, and made mention that they don’t have mattresses, that they sleep on the floor …”
On a side-note, Enzo and his father Joe are joining the Sons of the American Legion and Ms. Vincent is getting documentation of her father’s military service for her and daughter Livia to join one of the Legion’s families, according to Auxiliary Unit 28 spokeswoman Beth McGinn.

Information/How to donate
Pajama donations may be mailed and/or dropped off to Enzo’s Workshop at 301 E Camden-Wyoming Avenue; Camden, DE 19934. For monetary donation, make checks payable to Enzo’s Mission to Spread Hope Foundation (Enzo will do the shopping). All donations are tax-deductible.
For more information, visit Enzo’s Pajama Drive for Hope on Facebook.

If you go
The following Halloween events will be held:
October 31
• TRUNKS FOR TREATS: 6 to 8 p.m., Conley’s United Methodist Church, 33106 Jolyn’s Way, Lewes, DE 19958 (near Rt. 24 and Camp Arrowhead Road). For more information call 645-1881.

• TRUNKS FOR TREATS: 6 to 8 p.m., sponsored by Greenwood United Methodist Church, located at 101 W. Market St., Greenwood. Trunks by individuals and local businesses will be set up in the parking lot to provide children with goodies and treats.
• TRUNK OR TREAT AT FARMINGTON FIRE HALL: 6:30 p.m, 20920 S Dupont Highway, Greenwood. Free hot dogs, chips and hot chocolate to all the kids in costume. Games, costume contest.

• FIRST CHOICE SERVICES TRUNK OR TREAT: 6 to 8 p.m. at First Choice Services, Inc, 33334 Main St., Dagsboro. Free event benefits Code Purple. There will be hot chocolate, a bounce house and the Haunted Hallways as well as many area businesses handing out candy for the kids.
• 3RD ANNUAL TRUNK-OR-TREAT & OPEN HOUSE: 6 to 8 p.m., Hartly Volunteer Fire Company, 2898 Arthursville Road, Hartly. Event will be held in the back parking lot, each participating vehicle/sponsor will be assigned a parking spot so you may open your trunks and decorate them for the kids to receive candy and treats.

• TRUNK N TREAT: 6 to 8 p.m., parking lot of Peace Lutheran Church, 5048 Wheatley’s Pond Rd. (Rt. 300).
• TRUNKS OF TREATS: 6 to 8 p.m., Asbury UMC Smyrna, 20 W. Mt. Vernon St., Smyrna. If you are interested in decorating a vehicle and passing out candy please contact Wanda Foltz at 223-4192.
• TRUNK OR TREAT IN WYOMING: 6 to 8 p.m., Deep Water Church, 107 Broad St., Wyoming. Trunk or Treat will be set up across from Tre Sorelle in Wyoming to hand out candy. Hosted by Deep Water Church and Tre Sorelle Dolce.

Nov. 1
• TRUNK OR TREAT: 6 to 8 p.m., Sandtown Nazarene Church, 448 Willow Grove Road, Felton. Free community Harvest Celebration and Trunk or Treat event at the church.

Nov. 2
• 2ND ANNUAL TRUNK OR TREAT: 2 p.m., North Smyrna Elementary School, 365 N Main St., Smyrna. Costumes are encouraged. This event will take place in the school parking lot. If you have any questions, send email to northsmyrnapto@gmail.com.
• TRUNK OR TREAT 2019: 5:45 p.m., Providence Creek Academy Charter School, 273 W Duck Creek Road, Clayton. They ask that any family that will not be decorating a trunk, please bring bagged candy to donate to the supply. This event is free and open to anyone who would like to participate.

Trick or Treat times
• BLADES: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
• BRIDGEVILLE: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
• CAMDEN: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
• CLAYTON: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
• DELMAR, DEL: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under

• DOVER: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
• ELLENDALE: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., ages 18 and under
• FELTON: Thursday, Oct. 31, costume contest at 5:30 p.m., trick or treating at 6 to 8 p.m.
• FRANKFORD: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
• GEORGETOWN: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 7 p.m.

• GREENWOOD: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
• HARRINGTON: Thursday, Oct.31, 6 to 8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
• LAUREL: Thursday, Oct.31, 6 to 8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
• LEWES: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., ages 13 and under
• MIDDLETOWN: Thursday, Oct. 31, 4 to 8 p.m.

• MILFORD: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
• MILLSBORO: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under in costumes
• MILTON: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
• OCEAN VIEW: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.

• REHOBOTH BEACH: Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 to 7 p.m. at Tanger Outlets, for children ages 12 and under
• SEAFORD: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., for children ages 12 and under
• SELBYVILLE: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to p.m., for children ages 12 and under
• SMYRNA: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.

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