Middlesex Borough resident Alexis Buccellato recently delivered 80 personal care packages to frontline healthcare workers at Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center in Edison to thank them for their dedication in healing patients during the COVID crisis.
Buccellato staged a drive, collecting various supplies, such as masks, tissues, lotion, gum, snacks and hand sanitizer, from donors across Middlesex County.
“These are tough times and supplies are hard to obtain,’’ Buccellato said. “These care packages are a form of gratitude for the sacrifices these frontline heroes are making to ensure our community members are healing and have the resources to be healthy. During these difficult times, it is important to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for and to find ways to spread positive acts of kindness.’’
Buccellato garnered accolades from community leaders for her efforts.
“I would personally like to thank Lexi Marie Buccellato for organizing this much-needed drive for our frontline healthcare workers,’’ said Middlesex Borough Councilman James Eodice. “Like many others who are finding a way to help, she exemplifies the best of Middlesex.’’
While touched by the recognition, Buccellato said she was moved by the outpouring of support from community members.
“I’m extremely thankful and grateful for the abundance of support this drive with my organization, Every Little Bit Counts, has received,’’ Buccellato said. “The ability to make an impact is my silver lining during this pandemic. Thank you to every single person from around Middlesex County who donated or made a contribution.’’
Crowned in December, Buccellato is the current Miss Brilliance USA titleholder. For Buccellato, pageantry is a way to make a difference in the world.
“Pageants provide an effective outlet to reach many different people around New Jersey to create a positive impact in the lives of our community members,’’ Buccellato said. “There are tons of misconceptions and stereotypes about pageant girls, but, in reality, intellect, community involvement and community influence are the driving factors in becoming a titleholder.’’
Buccellato started Every Little Bit Counts in 2017 after she lost her mother to cancer. Through this effort, she stages a Christmas Toy Dive each year that annually distributes more than 600 toys to needy Middlesex County children, as well as performing other community service.
“I always knew my calling in life is to serve and help others,’’ Buccellato said. “My mom instilled in me the importance of helping others who are less fortunate. ELBC has become my platform to raise awareness of prominent issues within the community and the state.’’
Connect with Buccellato on Instagram at @AlexisBuccellato, @MissBrillianceUSA and @EveryLittleBitCountsOrg.