Messages to Santino

So happy to have received our dragon t-shirts for Autism Awareness! If you don't know about a very talented and determined boy named Santino from Philadelphia, please read his story and of course, support the cause!               -Dawn DeCandido Pesce

Thank you so much for letting me come to the party! I had so much fun. I'll definitely be there again. ☘??‎-Tinamarie Guyon‎

My name is Mayor Chris Harding, and I am a Mayor in Yardley, PA (a Philadelphia suburb). I host a radio show twice a month, and tomorrow we will be having a young boy named Santino Stagliano, on the radio show. Santino is a 10 year old boy with autism from South Philadelphia, who started designing dragon t-shirts to sell (http://santinosdragon.myshopify.com), and he generously donates his proceeds to the Center for Autism. He has always expressed an interest on being on the Ellen show. My hope is that someone from the Ellen show could call the radio show tomorrow, and just say hello to Santino. Thank you for your consideration!  -Chris Harding 


‎Lindsay Finney‎ to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
March 14 at 8:04pm · Clarksville, TN ·
Thank you Santino for my super awesome hoodie! I love it! I entered the world of Autism in 2013 and there is no going back. I'm an RBT in the process of getting my BCBA. I love the kids and the families that I work with! Thank you for putting out awareness for Autism! Keep being you, because you seem like a really cool dude!


‎Meredith Hughes‎ to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
March 14 at 6:34pm ·
Look what came today?! Day made! Super excited! Will be wearing with pride April 2nd!! Thank you Santino! Great artistry! Keep it up kiddo! XOXO 


‎Timo Gilhuis‎ to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
March 3 at 11:09am ·
Dear Santino, sometimes I wonder and I think about all those beautiful things I have done and people I have met. But as Life comes so comes death. I never believed in heaven. But I believed it if others wanted me to. It is that what made them happy. Believing is hope, hope is seeing.
I have thought a lot and I am sorry for your loss of Ryan. My grandmother is dying of cancer. Believe me as saying as an Asperger, death is not the end. It is an adventure which we do not know. But memories never ever fade. They are close. Always. Hugs. This a drawing for you and Ryan I made.
- For Santino & Ryan -


‎Rosie Power‎ to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
March 10 at 2:30pm ·
This program has finally made me feel like my girls have a place to go and they can be themselves without being judged. The amount of anxiety I have when I go ANYWHERE with my girls always overcomes me. I watch them like hawks and jump at every movement because I never know what will set them off. Wednesday nights, I don't have to do that. It's my chance to breathe. Not only is this an amazing program for my girls, but it's an amazing program FOR ME. It's a chance, for me as an autism mom, to feel like I can relax. May sound selfish to some but until you live our lives, you truly won't understand!

Fun Wednesday nights!!!! Lisa Stagliano thank you for giving my girls a place where they can be themselves! -Rosie Power


Emalee had so much fun at the find your dragon art program's st. Patricks day party last night -Liz Murray

‎Gail Gambacorto‎ . . . to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
Just bought my first dragon shirt...cannot wait to wear it proudly...xo

Delco Phantoms Purple support Autism! Great job Santino with the puck drop!!!    -Diane Bisaga  


Mark Moss
March 5 at 1:55pm · Philadelphia, PA ·
What a great morning. First day of ‪#‎SpecialOlympics‬ With that and Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc. Arts Program, Now South Phillly has 2 great programs for Special needs children. Hopefully, there's more to come.


‎Tinamarie Guyon‎ to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
March 16 at 8:47pm ·
Thank you so much for letting me come to the party! I had so much fun. I'll definitely be there again. ☘??❤  


‎Judy Milowe‎ to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
March 7 at 5:43pm ·
I just received my blue fire breathing dragon tee shirt today! Please tell Santino I love it and thank you for creating it!    

His mom, Lisa Stagliano, tells us, "He's always been creative, always expressed himself through dragons since he's been little. And now he is expressing it to the world and we are just so proud. So proud." 

Councilman Mark Squilla said, "From one single post on Facebook this turned out to be a great, great story. And not only a great story, but a reason to help others."


‎Lisa Van Horn O'Keefe‎ to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
March 3 at 9:44pm · Philadelphia, PA ·
To Santino and all of his wonderful family of Dragons!
I can't thank all of you so much. I've never felt so welcomed and accepted as we have been the last few Wednesdays! Having Mason actually enjoy doing some form of art even if it takes some encouragement along the way in a judgement free zone gives me an amazing feeling of pride that he has been trying. I am trying to allow him to express himself freely while we are there and he seems to be enjoying it. He asks in between Wednesdays if he can go to art to see all the kids and make something new. I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for starting and sharing your program with us.

 Happy Birthday & a year ahead filled with fun, friends & love. May he continue on this positive path of reaching out & inspiring others with his determination & enthusiasm. Hope to see you at the Mummer's parade in February. Keep up the good work Stagliano family & have a Very Merry Christmas & the Happiest of New Years with Love. 


Celeste Kueny added a new photo to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.'s timeline — with Carlie Kueny.
February 24 at 7:31pm ·
Golden Crown Supporting Santino's Dragon ?????


Kelly Randolph 
 · Brandon, MN ·
That one time on tour when one of my heroes Santino made a custom shirt for me of his favorite baseball team! (He also made me shoes) The Dirty Reggae Punx really want to do more to help Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc. Stop by their page and give them a like! Order your dragon shirt and wear it with pride! Keep up to date with Santino's families cause and efforts and spread love for all. ‪#‎DRPNation‬ ‪#‎FindyourDragon‬
‪#‎supportallarts‬ ‪#‎AutismUnderstanding‬ ‪#‎NoH8‬

That shirt Adam Sandler is wearing was made by an awesome kid named Santino... Santino's Dragon Drawings. -World Autism Awareness Day 

Awesome Shirts Buddy!!  -‎Cole Major‎  

‎Patty Richardson‎ to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
March 5 at 6:10pm · Philadelphia, PA ·
Loves his shirt. Thanks santino

You are awesome! This shirt is for my 12 yr old son who lives with autism and his best friend, our dog who is nicknamed Santino! Best wishes!!!" - B. Landy

Love your shirts! I'm getting one for the whole family! -‎Stacy Hopper‎ 


‎Lisa Van Horn O'Keefe‎ to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
February 26 at 9:18pm · Philadelphia, PA ·
Before bed tonight Mason asked if he could go to art tomorrow I reminded him we do art on Wednesdays he then says well I really want to go so can it just be Wednesday now


‎Rosie Power‎ to Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.
March 2 at 9:50pm ·
Well, tonight I decided, (really pushed by Denine Latanzo Aversa) to take the girls to the art program that Santino's Dragons holds every Wednesday night. Everyone who knows me, knows how I get when I have to take the girls in public. I become that mom who watches her kids like a hawk because I never know what it going to set them off. I also had Savanna and Sophia with me. (Total anxiety now right haha) All I can say is WOW. Not only were ALL my girls welcomed without question, but so was I. To have people who have never met me, come up and introduce themselves and ask about ALL of my girls, put me at ease. Bree actually interacted with 2 little boys. One to actually share a toy and the other to get him to chase her. Lily handled the noise as if there wasn't any at all. The environment itself, was welcoming. They were all free to do what they wanted and it made them happy. Then came time to leave, and well, needless to say, ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE. Haha. Neither of them would let me put their jackets on. Screaming at the top of their lungs so I went into panic mode as I usually do. Not one person starred or made a comment. Instead EVERYONE tried to HELP me! When I say I held back tears, I truly mean it. These were strangers! No questions asked, right there to help any way they could. Again all I can say is WOW. Lisa actually picked Lily up mid tantrum and helped me walk to the car. Totally redirected her and got her to calm down! Guess we found a new way to spend our Wednesday nights!

"I just wanted to say you're an amazing young man! I'll wear this shirt proudly!! I'll also share this for you. Good luck!!" -J. Munchel

You are awesome Santino and I love your drawings... Great job -‎Rita Kim‎

Thank you Santino for the shirt you are such a amazing boy!!! -‎Margaret Bariana‎ 

What an amazing kid you are, Santino! My son Ethan is 10 too, and like you, he has Autism and LOVES dragons! I'm so proud of what you are doing to help others!

You are going to go far in this world!  -‎Jennifer Hub-Bailey‎ 

 

"Santino you rock! I love your dragon tee shirt designs. My family will wear these tee shirts proudly in our hometown of Boston!" 

"Councilman Mark Squilla said, "From one single post on Facebook this turned out to be a great, great story. And not only a great story, but a reason to help others."

"In Toulouse (France) Louis & Jean-Jacques are proud to be Santino's Dragon." -Jean-Jacques 

"Just got my Dragon T-shirt all the way over here in Ireland so happy it's arrived." -Dean Beggan

"I want to thank every nyb that reached out to help us!!!!! You have all touched a little 10 yr old boy so deep in his heart that he is now touching others!!!!!! Local 98 for your beautiful kindness to get us started. Every person that has purchased a dragon shirt! My beautiful find your dragon team that works so hard for autism! !!!! To all the people that have reached out to advise us in the right direction. To eom athletic association for helping us be able to cheer our kids on . To south philly. ......the best place in the world to live. Last but not least to my son santino who found his dragon and shared it with all of us......who has taught me more than i could ever teach him........who has showed me how to love and give back.........thank you thank you thank you" 

"This is just amazing. My brother has 3 autistic children so hearing things like this is so fantastic. Keep up the great work on the shirts. As soon as we are going to try and buy 1 if not more. Will for sure share this page!" -Jason Yerke 

"Jimmy playing with playdough..his had such a good time playing with other children like him..Thanks to Lisa Stagliano and Santinos Dragons and to Woodland String Band for hosting this event..It was great to see my son smile and play with other kids like him."  -Jim Passio 

 "Carlson did you see that a boy w autism designed these? He donates proceeds to autism awareness and made his siblings his "interns" so he didn't have to pay anyone (so more money could go to the cause)! It was too cool not to support! "  -Jen Brendahl Rasii 

The Center for Autism
Yesterday at 11:35am · Edited ·
Our 60th Anniversary Gala was promoted on the PECO Crown Lights this week! Did you see it? Tickets are still available at www.autism60.com
Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc., HollyRod, Autism Inclusion Resources (AIR) 

 "Hello Santino,                                                                                            I am a teacher from Australia and I saw your Facebook page and t-shirts recently and LOVE THEM!!!! I teach Middle school students in Australia at a Christian School called Belmont Christian College. The students who are about 12-14 years old. You are an inspiration to students that I teach and I would like to purchase one of your t-shirts and then share your story at our Middle school assembly. My plan is to wear your T-Shirt to our assembly and share your story with our 200 Middle school students. I know your story will encourage and inspire our students!

Personally, I have a son who has Aspergers and two nephews with Autism. Your story and the journey of your family touched my heart, deeply. One of my nephews loves dinosaurs with the same passion you have for Dragons. I will buy my nephew one of your shirts for Christmas too, it might be a new interest for him!
Perhaps you could ask Mum for me, if she has them, the Measurements for Adult Small, Adult Medium and children's sizes so I can order the correct sizes for myself, my son and my nephews.
May The Lord bless you and your family Santino!"
Blessings,
Brooke Robins

"Never doubt a child...thank you Santino!"  -Kat Anderson 

"Someone was loving their Santino Dragon shirt - Lisa Stagliano your son is an inspiration to everyone ."     -Annalisa D'Angelo 

"Hi guys !
Brilliant, read this story made me so happy.
I was wondering if you ship to Australia ?"
Thanks
-Nick 

"Wearing our new shirts." #‎autismawareness #‎santino #‎dragons
—  Rocco Cedrone. 

"Wow 4,000 fallowers!! I'm impressed. I work as a support worker in two homes w individuals w autism from aged 15-36 and I'm taking away that this young man has put this together for all the people out there affected by autism. Unfortunately cost is expensive for people with a disability and everything helps. Thank you again you are an amazing person and your parents must be so proud to have such a caring and hardworking son. Keep it up only 10 am you are changing the world. Don't stop now!!! We need people like you!"  -Kurst Walker 

"Thank you to my volunteers who help make this one of our most successful years ever! Your love, hard work and kindness is so appreciated I love you guys so much! I think I tagged you all! Thank you to my cara liom family for being such huge help as always! And Father Otto for the blessing of the animals! And to  Lisa Stagliano and the wonderful generous Santino for all you did ! My fab photographer Patricia Hegarty Taggart and Dj Mike Pellak for spinning the tunes! Thanks to all the rescues, vendors, sponsors and donors!"

"I am so proud of santino. ....he is truly making the world a better place.....our FIND YOUR DRAGON ART PROGRAM is under way! !!!!!! We can not thank woodland stringband enough for letting us use there club!!!! We are soooo excited to meet all the kids and have fun.....in box me to sign up your kids space is limited. ......thank you all " -Lisa Stagliano

 "Zoe showing her support.. Keep up the good work Santino!!"  --Cheryl Tabilio 

"Six months ago santino the dragon master started a huge movement with the help of a beautiful community spreading a message of acceptance and understanding of autism! So many from all over the United States and around the world have joined him on his journey. Today his non profit organization santinos dragon drawings inc for autism understanding will meet with Philadelphia city council to work together to offer programs and a summer camp for kids like santino. Its a huge step for a 10 yr old boy with autism and the children he fights for but santino has taught us all ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! !!!!!! LOTS OF PRAYERS FOR SUCCESS TODAY"

"Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc. got some great press in Philly and they mentioned us. So glad to have been able to meet and work with this amazing young man and his family."

 " I watched about this beautiful boy, on the news this morning!! I am so excited, for Santino..I showed my 6 yr old son and we can't wait to order a shirt...good bless... And this is a Voice!! Yehhh.". - Sherri Steen


"Last night, the kid participated in the FIND YOUR DRAGON arts program for children with Autism and other disabilities, started by another amazing kid, Santino Stagliano, and his au-some parents! It was heartwarming to see him working with others and making new friends! Thank you Lisa Stagliano for this program and helping others find their dragon!"  
-Nikia Scott

"THANKYOU SO MUCH SANTINO FOR MY AMAZING ONE OF A KIND DRAGON SHIRT! I loved meeting you and your family you are all amazing thanks again! can't wait to get a hat next lol! "

"Thank you for our awesome shirts!!! Great job Santino"      .  -Deirdre Welch

"There are no words to express how the South Philly community is just swelled with pride over the accomplishments of this boy and his amazing family, especially my friend and fellow warrior mom Lisa Stagliano! I have worked w Early Intervention services for years, trying to help these wonderful children and their families, however it is programs like this that are a necessity for our South Philadelphia community. Im asking for you to please share this, as much needed donations for supplies and volunteers are important to get these programs started and sustained for success. Thank you all for your love and support always!"
SANTINO....YOU ARE A HERO IN MY EYES, BLESSINGS ALWAYS

"Santino T-shirts have made it all the way Down Under, and we love them!" - Joshua Kerr

"Last month we posted a story about a pretty amazing little kid, Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.. Here's a nice little follow up from David Grzybowski - Nice Job, Adam Sandler! "  -phl17

"Got my limited edition, amazing SANTINO DRAGON shirt...thanks buddy!!! " -Jeannie Murawski  

"As I sit back in awe of all that has been accomplished from 1 boy. I got a shocking wake up call, that there are so many more that need to be educated. Love, patience, understanding, and acceptance. So children can grow and flourish. Go out in the world unafraid to find their dragons. And so the parents raising these beautiful souls can know they are not alone." - Amanda Kline

"Thank you Santino, for my AMAZING dragon shirt. I will share your wonderful designs with and shout your message to THE WORLD!"

"Hello Santino! My name is Jessica and I am a teacher for children with Autism. I work in a public school with a program dedicated to children with Autism. My staff and I absolutely love your shirts and your ideas and are going to buy several. We were wondering if you could or have ever made a teacher dragon. We would love to wear a shirt to school spreading the word of your wonderful story. Please let me know. THANK YOU SO MUCH and keep up the good work. You are an inspiration."  -Jessica Russillo

"Way to go, Santino! We are so happy that Adam Sandler made your wish come true!" - The Center for Autism

"Miles and Greyson say thank you for their awesome shirts! Keep up the good work, Santino!"   -Jen Brendahlto  

 "Santino's Dragon needs a Children's book! "What I did on my summer vacation" He needs to start traveling & posing with landmarks and historical sites like Flat So & So! Except better! And spread knowledge & acceptance .Go Dragon it's your Birthday! Lol " -Lynn VanBlunk Ruffenach

"Santino, you did 5 shirts for tennis prizes for Special Olympics NJ. They were fantastic!! Everyone was amazed! Thanks so much!!"  -Meg Costello Armstrong

"Love this cause...what you're doing is amazing!!! You rock Santino!" - J. Lau

"Hi Santino - Thanks for the Dragon t-shirts we love them!"

"Denise, Nicky, Mario the Dragon and the entire Field Hockey team."  - Drexel University Field Hockey  #‎FindYourDragon #‎IAmADragon #‎AutismAwareness

"Hi there! I live in the UK and was wondering if you offer international shipping on your wonderful shirts? My son has autism too and I love dragons - your designs are awesome" -Sharon Powell

"This is just amazing. My brother has 3 autistic children so hearing things like this is so fantastic. Keep up the great work on the shirts. As soon as we are going to try and buy 1 if not more. Will for sure share this page!" -Jason Yerke 

 "Santino's Dragons got a shout on on Oldies 98 this morning for Adam Sandler shirt." Awesome  -Richie Lind

"Just ordered two cant wait til they arrive. Keep on rocking Santino". - John Hobbs

"We just ordered one for our son who has Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. We love supporting everyone with special needs"  -Kevin Harris 

"Hello! My son is 6 & is also named Santino & happens to have HF Aspergers. I absolutely LOVE what your son is doing & will be purchasing shirts very soon. Thank you Santino for being such a great example & superhero!"          -Sara Bertone  

"Hi from Chicago Santino! My name is Trisha but the kids call me Aunt TT. I love your dragon tee's. I just ordered one of your Tee's for my great-nephew Jack who is on the spectrum for #‎autism . Jack is funny, bright and oh SO lovable!! I know he will love your creative and colorful dragon shirt. Thank you for what you are doing to bring awareness and support to this cause." xoxo - Aunt TT  

"Amazing! I love dragons! These are just awesome!!!!"          -Idalya Estrella 

"Alexandria wants to thank Santino for her awesome dragon t-shirt"!❤

Loves his new shirt! He actually says Dragon so proud of him!" -Melissa Bartella

"Hello Santino! My son Jamie is also ten, also has Autism, also loves to draw, and also loves loves loves dragons! He thinks you are super cool to use what makes you special to help others." -Leslie O'Donnell

"Wanted to share this picture of me and my dad -- he loves his new shirt! Thank you, Santino and family, for helping us all find our dragons." -Coordinator Emily‎  

"This is what it's all about!!! My nephew Matthew and my niece Rosie are just two of the kids who attended the FIND YOUR DRAGON ART PROGRAM at the Philadelphia Woodland String band hall last night. This program is funded by SANTINOS DRAGONS!! In case you haven't read about this , Santino is an incredible 10 year old boy with autism who has been drawing incredible pictures of dragons on t-shirt " - Patricia Balsassarre-Teti 

"For The Dragon Master.
Keep you're feet moving buddy and show the the world that...people with #‎Autism are key pieces in the puzzle of life." -Mark Moss 

"Just picked up my shirts from Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc. ...they are AWESOME!!! Thank you very much!"             -Kristy Banks

"Thanks for our shirts at The Center for Autism we love them!!!!!" -Maxi Lauren 

"I finally got my Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc. t-shirts and they are AWESOME ! I think he has a red dragon, I think I'll order that.  Thank you Santino !  -Yakap Aral YA
#‎AutismAwarenes 

"I just got my purple dragon shirt and LOVE IT!!!! Thank you ssssoooo much!!" -Angie Russell 

"Thank you so much for my shirt. I can't wait to wear and share all about you. #‎dragonmaster #‎santionsdragons"        -Kim Bo 

"So we checked out the Santinos Dragon Art Night and I have to say the boys had a great time!!! Thank you for a great time!!"   -Jeanne M Voegtle

"I've been looking for this picture Jimmy and The Dragon Master himself Santino. Lisa Stagliano thank you and your Son for all you do for autism awarness! We have a long rode ahead with Jimmy some how you guys made it easier...thank you for being an ear when I need to vent."      -Melissa Bartella 

"Thank you Santino for your shirt.It was pleasure to meet you&your family.keep up the great work" -Karen McDermott  

"Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc. got some great press in Philly and they mentioned us. So glad to have been able to meet and work with this amazing young man and his family."  -Dragon Master Foundation

 "Madison & Gianna want to thank you santino for their cool dragon shirts !!!"

"Thanks so much to The Dragon Master - Santino Stagliano for making me my Flyers Dragon. I'm sure it will bring me luck and keep me safe in the upcoming days. I'll need all the help I can get." -Mark Moss 

"We got our shirts and my son couldn't wait to put it on! Thank you!"
-Joann McDougald 

"Santino, I am Mr. Bill's Wife!! I think you are SOOOO TALENTED & SMART!!! Keep up the good work!!" You ROCK!!! " -Joan Walters  

"Hi my name is emalee, I am six years old and i have autism. Still looking for my dragon, but I think it might be dancing" -Michael N Emma Powers

"Great drawings of dragons!" -MATT SYMS Illustrato

"I love this illustration! Santino, you are so talented!"   -A. Samuels

"Love what you're doing and these awesome dragon designs! Our son is on the autism spectrum and also loves to draw. :)" -T. MacGowan 

"Wow! This is spectacular! Congrats! "

"Hey just wanted to let you know how nice it is to see your son fourths.  My daughter works for The Center For Autism on Grant Ave. and finds it very rewarding. All the best!" --Marc Greene 

"Jimmy loves his new dragon shirt! Thanks so much Santino!" #‎autism awareness" -Kelli Nield Hack  

"Hello Santino.
This is Coleman. He is ten. Today he received one of your shirts. Thank you so much. We have heard so much about you and the wonderful work you do. We are so happy to support your work, because we have the same kind of unique family.
You are an inspiration."  Thank you!  -Hello Santino.
This is Coleman. He is ten. Today he received one of your shirts. Thank you so much. We have heard so much about you and the wonderful work you do. We are so happy to support your work, because we have the same kind of unique family.
You are an inspiration." Thank you! " -Aja Beech 

"Thank you Santino! Our shirts arrived today! We will wear them with pride!" 
#‎SantinosDragons!   -Bill C NumberIII 

"My friend Santino Stagliano written about on Today.com! Congratulations on the success of all your efforts buddy". Santino's Dragon Drawings Inc.  -Joe M, DeCandido 

"Our dragons came with us to Sesame Place!"  -Lauren 

"Heres my grandson eddie and his teacher wearing santino dragon . theyll awesome . thank you."  -Patty Richardson 

"Cole loves his cool shirt! Thanks Santino!"      -Stacey Conway 

"Brennan & Brooke heard all about Santino from Uncle Joe M. DeCandido & are happy to wear their t-shirts to help support Autism Awareness."  -Donna Parrillo DeCandido

"Just wanted to say thank you!  I think Santino is AMAZING!!"  -T. Ciasullo

 "I just wanted to say you're an amazing young man! I'll wear this shirt proudly!! I'll also share this for you. Good luck!!" -J. Munchel

 "You are awesome! This shirt is for my 12 yr old son who lives with autism and his best friend, our dog who is nicknamed Santino! Best wishes!!!" - B. Landy

"Santino, you are awesome." -R. Mabry 

"I am so happy for you - for finding your own dragon and helping others find theirs!  What a magical thing to find one's purpose so early in life. :)" - A. Hansen

"Thank you so much Santino! You're quite an inspiration"      -A. Meyer

"You are awesome! This shirt is for my 12 yr old son who lives with autism and his best friend, our dog who is nicknamed Santino! Best wishes!!!" -B. Landy

"Santino, you are awesome." - R. Mabry

"Congratulations on your success on raising awareness for autism!!! Rock on man!!!!" -M Bilski