From the La Fraglia Special Needs Center in Vicenza, Italy, Help-Portrait Event Director Steve Malone shares some memories from the day.

“Giving back is an amazing thing,” says Malone, “especially when its to a community not your own. Being stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army has been quite an experience, but Help-Portrait La Fraglia is by far the most meaningful thing I’ve done with my time here.


“The mother of this little boy told us this is the first time her son has been photographed while smiling.

“La Fraglia was extremely grateful for the event. The don’t get a lot of volunteers, so when they heard a bunch of American soldiers and their families wanted to do this for them, they were blown away.


“A mother poses with her autistic son.


“This family was so excited to be apart of the event. All her kids wanted to do was play in front of the Christmas tree.”

– Steve Malone, Help-Portrait Event Director for Vicenza, Italy