Living the Circle of Mercy during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Week by week more "butterflies of love" are coming aboard. : Gabby Algiere '23, Christina Beaulieu '20, Jess Bogucki '23, Elena Cahill '21, Gabby Grant ’20, Aine Lally '22, Sarah Lynch '23, Julia Nadolski '23, Elisia Pagliuca ’21, Amanda Ross '21, Lindsay Stevenson '20, Madeleine Thompson ’21, Lillian Wimler ’21.
At Mercy the saying is, “The Circle of Mercy is Timeless.” This project is proof. Emilee Apuzzo ’20 works at Big Y supermarket in Guilford, CT. Needing a face mask to wear, she saw the Butterfly of Love boxes on the counter in her department. When she asked her supervisor where they came from, the reply was, “Some girls from Mercy dropped them off.” That is the Spirit of Mercy and the reason the Circle is Timeless. The butterflies helped a friend, a classmate, a Women of Mercy who is working to help the community at large.
By visiting the project’s website online, people can request the donation of care packages to places in need. Lujambio noted, “We have raised enough money for about 2,500 3-ply FDA and EU approved masks to be donated. We are waiting on more masks; by request of some donors, we have started including some local business gift cards as well.” Donors are asked which message they would like sent out to patients/workers and those messages are included in the cards. Each package includes a label saying: While we are apart, we still have each other. “Residents and patients are isolated or with minimum interaction, so our butterflies of love are bringing a bit of hope and love. For front-line workers, especially in healthcare, our cards bring in a token of gratitude and appreciation for all they are doing”. While they rely mainly on
Albert J. Solnit Psychiatric Children’s Center,
Depending upon the recipient and the existing enforced regulations, a care package may include a combination of these items: disposable 3-ply face masks, Care Cards including personal messages for patients and/or workers, Butterflies of Love mandalas (colored by hand), gift cards to local businesses, and personalized cards and messages requested by donors. To purchase, donate or request a care package or donation, visit
~RN’s Nisha T. and Krista Annino Santagata ’92, mother to Brayden ‘23