Holiday Gifts Given to Drivers in Memory of One Driver
At a time when most families would be shopping and wrapping presents for each other, members of the DiLuzio family celebrate the season in a different way.
They brighten the holidays for 100 truck drivers by gathering together travel-size bottles of shampoo and toothpaste and other personal care items, plus homemade cookies, and placing them in gift bags. They then personally hand them out to 100 truck drivers at the Delaware Welcome Center in Newark.
Gianna and Toni DiLuzio began this family tradition six months after their father, Carmen – a 51-year-old truck driver, was killed when a concrete barrier he was hauling tipped over and crushed him in July 2011. Before their father would leave to deliver a load, the two daughters and their mother, Crystal, would put together a similar care package and place it into his suitcase. Gianna and Toni often included books so that Carmen would have something he could read to them on the phone before their bedtime during his break.
The DiLuzio family now runs a non-profit called Carmen’s Crew – this organization remembers and honors Carmen T. DiLuzio by encouraging and supporting drivers in a variety of ways during the year.
We can’t think of many better ways to celebrate the holidays.