IT ALL STARTED WITH A GIRL NAMED ELLIE, A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO DOUGS, AND A GROUP OF 8 STRANGERS WHO WANTED TO HELP…
When 5 year-old Wayland resident Ellie Levine was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2019, friends and family came together to support Ellie, her parents, Leah and Doug, and her 3 year-old sister, Annie. A Go Fund Me created for the Levines caught the eye of Doug Alongi, who is raising three daughters in Wayland, and who, when facing a cancer diagnosis in his family, reached out to Doug Levine for advice. The conversation between the two Dougs prompted Doug Alongi to want to do something special for Ellie and Annie, and he put a call out on Facebook for help. Enter the 8 strangers: people with ties to the Wayland community who had never met but who wanted to contribute to a special day for the girls. What started as an idea for a joint birthday party became Wayland Carnival Day: a town-wide celebration that also raised over $19k for The Jimmy Fund. And so the 8 strangers became 8 Strangers, a group committed to rallying the Wayland community around a common cause so that families in need feel celebrated and supported. 8 Strangers identifies and partners with families and charitable organizations and runs community-wide events that raise awareness, funds, and opportunities for connection and fun.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE
2019-Boston Medical Center
At 8 Strangers, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing this issue. Food Donation Drop-Off is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.
WAYLAND CARNIVAL DAY
2019 - Ellie & Annie Levine
On Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 a carnival was organized and attended by Wayland families in honor of Ellie and Annie Levine! The event will included music, face-painting, food trucks, ice cream, bounce houses, and kids’ activities. Admission was free, but attendees donated over $19,000.00 which was given in honor of the Levine Family to the Jimmy Fund.