Unsung Heroes #81

Another holiday season has come and gone. Now we get ready to slog through January.

Fortunately, holiday lights still shine all over Westport. And none are brighter — or more beloved than the William F. Cribari Bridge.

We don’t know what its future holds. But this year — as it has for the past decade or so — the Saugatuck River span sparkles each night. It’s beautiful, peaceful and heart-warming.

The William F. Cribari Bridge, in all its holiday glory. (Photo/JD Dworkow)

It doesn’t just happen. The Cribari Bridge lights are a gift of Al’s Angels. And that organization is a true gift to the town.

Created and nurtured by Al DiGuido, his wife Chris and friends, Al’s Angels helps children who battle cancer and rare blood diseases. As their families face severe financial hardship, the Angels help.

They do it quietly and efficiently — and big time. This year alone, they provided over 3,200 holiday meals, and 15,000 toys.

It’s a labor of love for Al and his angels. Many Westporters pitch in, with money and time. They pack meal bins and wrap toys.

And they string those lights.

The twinkling Cribari bridge brings joy to all who cross it. But, Al says, it’s also a symbol that we all are called to be a “light” in the world of others.

This week, Al’s Angels are our Unsung Heroes. They truly light up our lives.

(To learn more about Al’s Angels, click here. To nominate an Unsung Hero, email dwoog@optonline.net)


4 responses to “Unsung Heroes #81

  1. Al and his Angels are the epitome of doing good community work. Great choice.

  2. You couldn’t have chosen a better unsung hero. He and his wife and angels make this world a better place!!!

  3. Tom Feeley Sr

    Those lights have uplifted the spirits of many many Westporters over the years‼️👍🏼🇺🇸

  4. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Al is right. We all are called to be a light in the lives of others. Thank you for all you do to light up the life of others. Your work truly lights up the life of others, probably more than you know. You are most likely unaware of how your acts of kindness lightens the load others are caring. Even seeing the lights on the beloved bridge by e-mail brightens my day and knowing the work you do for others inspires me to carry on from afar.