Husband and wife team, Lou and Norma DiCocco, founded the Family St. Jude Shop, Inc. over forty-five years ago which is now among the largest inspirational and religious gifts goods retailers in the United States. Today the company is still one hundred percent family operated. The DiCocco family views the endeavor as a ministry first and a business second. The mission is to enable customers to enjoy a deeper walk with God through the beautiful and meaningful products sold in the store, the catalogs and now through the online store of Gifts with Love. Whether customers shop at the store or online they can always discover the perfect gift for a friend, family member, teacher and doctor.
Forty-five years ago Lou DiCocco worked as a civil engineer supporting his wife and four fine sons. When Norma received the blessed news that she was once more expecting a baby she began to pray to St. Jude, the saint for whom the family has always had a profound regard. He is the Saint of the impossible and Norma vowed to him that if she had a daughter she would bear his name. Daughter Judy was born three weeks late on the 28 October which is the feast day of St. Jude. Over a year later Lou and Norma the Family St. Jude Shop, Inc. was born and opened on 28 October. Other branches supplying the lovely religious gifts have been added over the years and always opened on 28 October. The online Gifts with Love store opened on 28 October to join the family's two other online stores, opened on the feast day of St Jude, and the St. Jude Shop.com and St.JudeLiturgicalArts.com complete the trio of online stores dedicated to the DiCocco's highly regarded Saint.
Gifts with Love's online shopping store offers a vast inventory of inspirational and uplifting items that will be treasured by the recipients of customers' thoughtful browsing of the site. Lovely medals featuring the saints are available including the sterling silver and 14 carat gold St. Christopher and St. Jude's medals. There are over one hundred saints to choose from and everybody's patron saint is available to commemorate name days. Babies are also catered for and there is a charming five piece christening set comprising a photo prayer book, a faux pearl rosary, a baptismal candle, a bib and a cross with a baptismal shell at the center. The religious gifts from the online Gifts with Love include an exquisite array of crucifixes and rosaries to give as gifts for First Communions, birthdays or Christmas gifts. Gifts with Love offers superb memento religious gifts for babies' Godparents and sponsors in the form of double silver plaques which can be engraved with the name and date on one side and the other side will hold a photograph. Grandparents have not been forgotten and on offer are the religious gifts of sculptures, standing crucifixes on a marble base and cedar wood St. Francis bird feeders complete with seed.