From Our Founder

In the Spring of 1995, I ended a local event with a good amount of surplus food. A friend mentioned a new shelter in Harrisburg called Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families. When I dropped off the food, I was amazed at the work of the staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities were doing at this facility.

I discovered they had no plans for a Christmas party and immediately offered one up. Also, they had no cribs as babies and toddlers were sleeping on blankets on the floors. There was no way I could let this continue and organized a drive for cribs.

Needless to say, I was "hooked." On December, 2016, we will be conducting our 21st Christmas Party for Interfaith and now conduct four more parties providing gifts for well over 125 children and adults. In working at the various shelters, we noticed canned and boxed goods at the shelters, but little fresh fruits and vegetables. We set out to change that.

In 2007, we formalized our work by founding "Gemma's Angels," named in memory of my mother Gemma Rose Macchioni. In 2014, we became incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and officially registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 non profit organization.  We were on our way to greater things!

I'm also a very proud alumnus of Milton Hershey School, a 100+ year old school based in Hershey, PA for children not receiving adequate from one of both parents. The school was founded by famed chocolate king and philanthropist Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine. Not only do I honor my mother in doing this important work, but I give back what the Hershey's so selflessly gave to me.

It is my sincere hope that you join me in this great endeavor.

Michael J Macchioni, President & Founder
Gemma's Angels Ltd.

Click here for information on Milton Hershey School, my proud alma mater


Michael J. Macchioni, President & Founder - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Entrepreneur & Advocate for the Poor and Homeless

David A. Allwein, Treasurer - San Antonio, Texas

Kelli J. Young, Vice President & Secretary - Palmyra, Pennsylvania
Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Michelle Wiliard Hoffer, Member - Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Hershey Company

Jason M. Macchioni, Member - Portland, Maine
Assistant Transportation Coordinator, Logisticare Solutions

Matthew J. Macchioni, Member - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Enterprise Project Engineer, Fusion Storm

Scott Schuyler, B.S., M.Ed., Member - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Houseparent - Milton Hershey School

Amy M. Tobin, Member - Cortez Vil, Florida
President, ArCompany

Joni Macchioni Rockhill, Member - Linfield, PA

Kristine Walmer Stern, Member - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Nelva Wright, M.B.A., Member - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
City of Harrisburg Health Officer


Dr. Michael Baer, M.D.
Network Medical Director
AmeriHealth Caritas Northeast
Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Amanda Frankeny, RDN, LDN
Community Nutritionist
The PA Nutrition Education Network
Conshohocken, PA

Dr. Daniel George, Ph.D.
Penn State Hershey
College of Medicine
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Tina Hornberger, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Pinnacle Health
Harrisburg, PA

Dr. Alexandra A. Horwitz, M.D.
Penn State Hershey
Department of Pediatrics
Hershey, PA

Kimberly L. Jacobs, PA-C
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Christopher Keelty
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Director of Individual Giving
New York, New York

Gary B. Macchioni
Manistee, Michigan

Benjamin Masters
San Francisco, California

Dr. Philip J. Masters, M.D.
American College of Physicians
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hon. Michael H. W. Pries
Dauphin County Commissioner
Hershey, Pennsylvania

James Pronio
Lidl US
Pronio's Market
Hershey, Pennsylvania

April C. Schneider
Ahold USA, Inc.
Mechanisburg, Pennsylvania

Jenny Murphy-Shifflet
President/CEO, Lebanon SARCC
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Dr. Patricia Verdon, PhD
Penn State Hershey
CFO Children's Hospital
Palmyra, Pennsylvania

Marlene M. Welden
Hershey, Pennsylvania


In memory of Advisory Board Member William J. Altland (1942 - 2017)
Retired Educator, Milton Hershey School
Hershey, Pennsylvania