For over 70 years Thomas the train (of which you can buy the wonderful original set on Amazon) entertains children from all over the world through his fun adventures based on the value of friendship. Thomas, together with the children and the cheerful locomotives, embarks on timeless adventures, experiencing lessons of great value but at the same time fun, made of discovery, friendship and cooperation.
Following this spirit, Trenino Thomas thought of an award to pay homage to Jacopo but also to one of the purest and most genuine feelings ever, like friendship. The Day was established by the UN in 2011 with the aim of promoting a culture of peace among peoples, based on the idea that friendship between different countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. And so Jacopo took this indication literally.
The story of Jacopo and his window
Jacopo is a 9 year old child as there are many but it is also special, as only children can be. One day a year ago, almost at the end of the pandemic that hit us all, he tells his mother that he wants to do something for the other children who may be less fortunate than him and cannot afford to buy toys. So he goes to his bedroom and chooses among his toys, soft toys and books, setting up a kind of “showcase” with a sign on the window of the kitchen at home. “For children. You can get them for free!“. The initiative, thanks to social media, immediately became popular enough to be noticed by the Mayor of FlorenceDario Nardella, who invited Jacopo to Palazzo Vecchio, receiving him with all honors as a “great little Florentine”.
It does not end here, because Jacopo’s dream has grown over time and has become bigger and bigger: with the help of other associations and many volunteers, now the window is no longer just that of mother Nicoletta’s kitchen, but there there are already others and many more will open, thanks to the great consensus received by the association. Thomas the train, in collaboration with Italo and Leolandiahas therefore decided to “reward” Jacopo for his resourcefulness and generosity with an official recognition and a special day entirely dedicated to him and his family in the well-known theme park on the outskirts of Milan.
The journey began by train, leaving with Italo from Florence Santa Maria Novella, to reach Leolandia, home of the Thomas Train. Furthermore, at the beginning of 2022, Thomas’s look has changed, now he sports a completely renewed 2D graphics and also the very popular attraction of Leolandia has been updated and presents itself with the new look: surprise in the surprise, it will be up to Jacopo to “Inaugurate” the new car with a “lap of honor” of the park! The surprises for Jacopo did not end here, in fact Mattel Italia is organizing a mega donation of toys for “La Finestra di Jacopo” so that the association can share the joy of this recognition with other children: the many “Windows” scattered around the Italy will thus be stocked with many Thomas Train toys.
Italo joined Thomas Trenino as travel partner, offering Jacopo and his family the journey from Florence to Leolandia and back. Indeed, Italo has always been a supporter of friendship and inclusion, ready to promote and support initiatives like this launched by Jacopo’s Window. Leolandia also participated with enthusiasm in the project, taking this extraordinary opportunity to present the new face of the attraction to all the little fans of the Thomas Train.