About us

Our Italian neighbours are our friends.

We owe so much to the Italians… not only coffee and wine but also their all-round attitude towards life, with its open cheerfulness, joyful zest for life and heartfelt camaraderie.

Italy was one of the countries in Europe that were hit very early and particularly hard by the corona pandemic. As early as February 2020 – within a few weeks of the outbreak of the pandemic – many people there were already in the midst of a serious emergency. This is how the initiative “To Italy with Love” came into being – a project close to the heart of Dr. Hansjörg Künzel and Elke Menzel.

Since January 2021 we are a united association. Thus, from now on we can finally issue a hands donation receipt to all of our rights donors.

Since the start of our relief operation in February 2020, we have retrospectively handled over 500,000 masks and they are still being managed. For example in Norcia, which was hit by a major earthquake in 2016. 80% of the people there live in emergency shelters.

What has happened over the last few months…

Our spontaneous relief campaign for Italy started at the very beginning of the corona pandemic in February 2020, partly due to the lack of support from German and European politicians back then. Relations between Italy and Germany were very tense at that time and threatened to sever the otherwise close and friendly ties.

The Italian crisis areas, however, expressed a dire need for medical supplies such as respiratory masks, gloves and disinfectants. Although the worldwide market for these products was practically sold out, we managed to find suppliers for the first “smaller” quantities of masks and other medical equipment. We would like to take this opportunity to express our special thanks to these early sponsors!

As early as March 2020, we were therefore able to set off for Italy for the first time and deliver the first donations in the form of 6,000 masks to hospitals and civil defense forces in Perugia and Marsciano. At that time Italy was in complete lockdown, so the trip was somewhat adventurous with special permits and some hair-raising moments!

Between March and October 2020, we travelled to Italy 9 times in our own cars, personally handing over more than 120,000 masks and more than 100,000 latex gloves – which for a certain period of time were trafficked like gold – to various institutions (hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, civil defence, homes for the elderly and disabled, as well as hospices, food outlets, social services and a prison), selected companies (supermarkets, pharmacies) and individuals in need.

Donation account:
TO ITALY WITH LOVE e.V.
IBAN: DE72 7015 0000 1006 3319 69
BIC: SSKMDEMMXXX