Dedicated to Charity and Education
At the conclusion of World War II in 1945, Italy was a devastated country, a wasteland. In victorious America, the Italian American community, displaying a vitality and love for its two countries renewed by the tragedy of the war, rallied to help.
Working under the aegis of American Relief for Italy, Inc. the national organization chaired by the Hon. Myron Taylor, the President’s representative to the Vatican, and presided over by Judge Juvenal Marchisio, Maryland was among the first to answer the call for help by forming an ad hoc committee called Maryland Aid for Italy. By September 1945, the Committee was fully operational and by the end of that year, it had staged a number of drives and sent to Italy shiploads of relief supplies such as food, clothing, blankets, shoes and sizable funds earmarked to aid the hungry and the homeless.