Naoemi Gullickson of Staten Island, New York, knows how to find light within the darkness of tragedy. Naoemi and her late husband, Joseph, had dreamed of opening a small gift shop in New York. However, when Joe, a NY firefighter, volunteered to cover a friend’s shift on September 11, 2001, their family’s life changed forever. Determined to stay positive for her two young daughters, Naoemi opened the “Gifted” shop in Joe’s honor. Established in 2006, the shop supplies gifts sourced from small American craftspeople in the heart of Staten Island.
Although Covid-19 has introduced new struggles, Naoemi has not given up. Like Rush, she has found strength in optimism and resilience through hardships. Her community and many of Joe’s firefighter friends continue to rally around her and their family. The Gifted shop has brought Naoemi great joy and healing, while serving as a place of unity for her community. Please see Naoemi’s beautiful online store here.