'We can all learn from little Romeo': Third grader surprises Howey House residents with gift bags

Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:14
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – Residents of the Howey House were surprised with gift bags Tuesday afternoon from Romeo Gomez, a third grader at DiLoreto Elementary School.

“(Romeo’s class) had a list of projects they could choose from and one of them was to gift people and this is what he chose to do,” said Kurtis Gomez, Romeo’s dad. “He came up with the idea to gift bags to the Friendship Center.”

With the assistance of his dad and Adrian Elliott, communication associate at The Friendship Center, Romeo moved from floor to floor knocking on doors and putting a smile on the resident’s faces.

“This is my first time doing something like this,” Romeo Gomez said. “I’m happy and excited.”

The bags consisted of hand warmers, socks, Band-Aids, activity and puzzle books, cards, gum and other snacks. Romeo made a list of the items he needed and his mom took him to Wal-Mart and helped him put them together.

“For the project he had to write all the things he did from the beginning. So he started by writing down the sponsor he chose, things he needed, like gift bags, and what is going to be in it, and by the end of the week we’ll write what we did from start to finish,” Kurtis Gomez said. “The assignment is due by Thanksgiving.”

A few residents weren’t in their apartment, but Romeo made sure to leave their bags in the Howey House office for staff to give to them later.

“This was an amazing and humbling moment. Our residents were so grateful,” Elliott said. “You have this kid that only wants to be kind and give to others. We can all learn from little Romeo – Romeo you rock.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:14. Updated: Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:16.