Read about Thomas
Puciarella's experience working at the Casey Cares
Thomas makes a difference in the lives of critically
ill children and their families, when he volunteers
at the Casey Cares Foundation.
kind of philanthropy did you participate in?
I participate in the Casey Cares Foundation a national nonprofit
organization. [Casey Cares provides supportive
programs to critically ill children and their
did you get the idea to get involved?
When my brother Nick died when I was two,
I was devastated when I fully understood. I
help at Casey Cares because it allows me to
help those just like my brother. Maybe I can
make a difference in their lives.
Where were you working?
I used to work with Grant-A-Wish Foundation.
you work with anyone else?
What was the best
thing about your experience with philanthropy?
The best thing I got out of volunteering
was knowing at the end of the day I helped someone
who I don't even know and doesn't know me to
live life a little better.
the hardest part of your project?
I think the hardest part of my project was being
involved personally with the children. When
I see their brilliant smiles when I spend time
with them, and then the next week I hear they
have passed away, I feel empty inside like I
have lost a piece of myself in them.
you say to someone else who is thinking of getting involved with some kind of
I would say to someone who might want to get
involved "It's a great way to fulfill your
community service requirement, and you'll feel
great that you did something good for someone
else, and maybe helped them survive their horrible
you changed as a result of your experience participating in philanthropy?
Yes, I have changed. I have been able see people
much less fortunate than I succeed and live
life no matter what comes their way. . . . I
have learned a lot from these people and I would
be so honored to call them not only my friends
but also my salvation.
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