Groundbreaking Begins on Santucci Handicap-Accessible Home Expansion With 100% Grant from Spring Lake Toys Foundation

From left to right are David Green, Results Advertising, President, Spring Lake Toys Foundation Board of Advisors; Pietro Barberi, GTL Construction Vice President/Principal; Salvatore Frassetto, Spring Lake Toys Foundation Board of Directors, Paulette Pera Laurenzi, Spring Lake Toys Foundation, Founder and President; and Dean Logan, Complete Roof Systems President. Photo Credit: Smalltown Photo.
The groundbreaking has officially launched the beginning of construction for the Santucci family home expansion. This Fair Lawn family was in dire need of larger, handicapped accessible space after their three sons were diagnosed with Leukodystrophy, a rare and debilitating genetic brain disorder. The expansion project was made possible through the unwavering dedication and perseverance of Paulette Pera Laurenzi founder and president of Spring Lake Toys Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, who solicited and received in kind donations of materials and labor from well over 20+ local businesses in the residential and commercial construction industry.

“Our driving mission was to make the Santucci family’s day-to-day life a little easier,” says Pera Laurenzi. “The new addition to the home, designed to be accessible for the children, is desperately needed in the Santucci’s lives,” she added.

“Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to our general contractor, GTL Construction of Parsippany, NJ, over 20 local companies and many individuals who provided their time and financial assistance to make this moment possible.

“Just seeing the project become a reality practically brought tears of joy to Chrissy Santucci, the mother of the three children, knowing that the life of her family was about to change.

Photo Credit: Smalltown Photo.

As of now, everyday tasks have become day-to-day struggles each of these children has to face with their wheelchairs not fitting in the kitchen entrance and the single bathroom doorway.

These challenges, along with many others, the Santucci’s have had to deal with alone. For them, a new home extension marks a hopeful beginning—a change in their lives for the better.

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