Mother of SIDS Infant Children Donates 27 Books to the Bonetti Children's Room

JERSEY CITY, NJ   May 16, 2012 – “In lieu of flowers and mass cards, Matthew’s family asks that you donate your favorite children’s book in Matthew’s memory to the Jersey City Free Public Library.”

It was a small gesture, lovingly placed in the obituary of their son, Matthew Angelo Scarpa, when he suddenly died on January 3, 2012. Born on September 29, 2011, and only three months, four days old when he passed, this infant made a difference in his parents’ lives, who have now shared that sunshine with others.

Dignora Aquino and Sgt. Michael J. Scarpa of the Jersey City Police Department are also the parents of four children – WilliamGaius Christopher, Raffaele Charles, Marissa Vera, and Gianna Rose – whose fifth child, Matthew, was known for his radiant smile.

“That selfless gesture from Matthew’s parents now benefits all Jersey City children who come to the Bonetti Children’s Room at the Main Library,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner. The books have a commemorative label placed in them, so parents, caregivers and children can know of Matthew:

Matthew Angelo Scarpa 1st Birthday Walk Fundraiser

1st Birthday Walk Fundraiser Form

The Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II Children’s Room at the Main Library in Jersey City was named on April 18, 2002 after the two-year-old boy who succumbed from an unknown illness on January 27, 2001. His parents provide the Christmas tree for the Children’s Room every year in their son’s honor.

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SURROUNDED BY LOVE – Dignora Aquino sits at one of the tables in the Bonetti Children’s Room at the Main Library, surrounded by the 27 books she has donated to the Children’s Room in loving memory of her son, Matthew Angelo Scarpa, who died of SIDS on January 3, 2012, at the age of three months and four days.

27 Books Donated by Dignora Aquino, in loving memory of her son, Matthew Angelo Scarpa to the Bonetti Children’s Room, Main Library, Jersey City

Assorted Children’s Books, By Title:

Animales bebés
Care Bears – Sweet Dreams
Curious George – Stories to Share
Duck & Goose – It’s time for Christmas!
Elmo’s World – Balls!
I’m a Construction Worker
Let’s Count!
Love You Forever
That’s not my lion…its nose is too fuzzy.
Thomas & Friends – Tales of Discovery
Trucks Camiones
When Papa Comes Home Tonight
Who is Hiding

Dr. Seuss

ABC – An Amazing Alphabet Book!
There’s a Wocket in my Pocket


Alice in Wonderland
The Aristocats
Best Friends
Buscando a Nemo
Lady and the Tramp
The Lion King
Piglet’s BIG Movie
Pinocchio and the Whale
Winnie the Pooh – Pooh Goes Visiting


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