Our Inspiration


The members of the inaugural Board of Directors, chose the name Carmelena Cares, for this foundation to honor and draw inspiration from a very special person, Carmelena Mancini. In 2005, Carmelena was struck as a pedestrian by a car and severely injured and continues to be seriously disabled. Prior to the accident, Carmelena had an unusually compassionate heart and loved giving away her toys, clothes and anything else to help other children in need. Even today, though she cannot be fully aware of all that occurs around her, she maintains this compassionate attitude towards others.