Mob Wives star Drita Davanzo is a strong and outspoken woman, but she has had her share of vulnerable moments as a single mother. Before she broke out onto the scene on TV, Drita fell ill and was in the hospital due to the stress she faced being a single mother of two children! Now that she has a platform to reach people on, Drita has started the organization Single But Not Alone, her charity venture that helps out single mothers in financial need.
Drita tells Wetpaint that facing the trials she has in the past, including almost losing her family’s home, has motivated her to make a difference and help out women who are in the position she used to be in! Check out the full interview below:
Wetpaint Entertainment: With your husband, Lee, in prison, you’d been a single mom long before you did Mob Wives, correct?
Drita D’Avanzo: Yes. And at one point, I got very, very sick from the stress. The first time Lee went to jail, I didn’t have kids. The second time, I had two. I was working as a makeup artist, but I got very ill and, all of a sudden, I was in the hospital and couldn’t work. So I lost my job. And the stress was just horrible. I was terrified I was going to lose my home.
I remember lying in that hospital bed, thinking, this is so unfair. Here I am trying my hardest to make something happen and I can’t. So once I became a little famous, this is the charity I wanted to start. This is what I wanted to give back.
Where does the money you raise for Single But Not Alone go?
It supplies single mothers with staples they need for the home and things their kids need for school, like books and school supplies. People don’t realize how expensive school supplies are for families with one only income. The stress to pay for it all can be crazy.
How many people are helping you right now?
Right now, it’s a few volunteers and me. I’m using my own money, plus anything people can donate. What MHP did was fantastic, and I was really touched. I’m just trying to get the word out so we can get more donations in.
Is the website set up to take donations?
Yes. And single moms can apply for help through the site.
Being able to do work like this, helping other single moms, does it make all the drama and the stress that comes with filming Mob Wives worth it?
One-hundred percent. I don’t enjoy putting my business out there. You know, I used to work 55 hours a week. No one I worked with back then knew anything about my personal life because that’s not my nature. Now it’s my job to open up. But I’m able to take a step back and look at all the good I can do because of that, and — you’re right — it makes it all worth it.
It’s very admirable whenever a reality TV star uses their platform to make a positive impact in the community! Congratulations to Drita on her charity taking off. What are your thoughts on Drita making a difference?