95-Year-Old World War II Veteran, Florida-Resident is a Philanthropist & VA Clinic Greeter

Stephen OvertonTony Caruso, New Port Richey VA clinic greeter and 95-year-old World War II veteran, selflessly offers his time and money to his community, singularly demonstrating the importance of volunteerism, charity, and philanthropy.

Caruso is the first face one would see if she/he paid the New Port Richey VA clinic a visit. He recently told FOX 13 News that he spends days a week at the clinic, giving a cumulative 17,000 hours.  

“I love it. I love to be with the people, try to help them,”he said speaking of the clinic goers he’s interacted with over the two decades he’s volunteered at the clinic. Generous with his smiles and money, he gives $200 each month to the clinic.

Nearly a century old, Caruso was just a 21-year-old when he arrived on Omaha Beach during D-Day, which was the Allied invasion of Normandy, helping to liberate Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. He describe the events of 1944 as “hell” and said that dead people were floating in the water. Caruso became a soldier after he and his family emigrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1937.  As a 16-year-old, he worked several jobs to support his poor family.

The New Port Richey VA Outpatient Clinic is located in New Port Richey, Florida. It can be found near Little Road, north of State Road 54 and south of State Road 52 at 9912 Little Road. The facility offers a numbers of services to veterans in the Pasco, Hernando and Northern Pinellas area. Everything from primary care to personal care, to speciality needs, to ancillary services, to patient education is available at the clinic, which is open from 8:00 – 5:00, Monday – Friday.

 

6 Quick and Easy Ways To Help Your Community

10959166933_c0fc035521_bIn today’s society, people are constantly busy. It is quite possible that you want to help your community out, but you just don’t have the time. But community service doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Sure, it would be great to volunteer for a few hours at the local soup kitchen or animal shelter, but if you don’t have the time, there are many fast and easy options. Here are a few ways that you can help your community by just taking a few minutes out of your schedule:

1)Pick up litter

Littering is all too common nowadays. Why not be a part of the solution? Take a walk through your neighborhood and bring a garbage bag along the way, picking up any litter you see. This is a great way to make your community a cleaner place while also getting some exercise.

2) Bring your leftover food to an elderly neighbor

Elderly neighbors, especially widowed ones, could use a little help. Why not bring your neighbor a meal one night? If you have a family of four, prepare enough food for five people and give some food to your neighbor. This will help you get to know your neighbors and build a positive community. According to the police, getting to know your neighbor is a great way to combat neighborhood crime. And who knows, maybe next time you can even invite your neighbor over for dinner.

3) Vote in local elections

Many people only vote once every four years in the presidential elections. But elections happen every year and there’s no reason to skip over the local ones. Do some research on the candidates in the local and state elections and vote every year. Having a say in your local officials will make you feel more connected to your community.

4) Write a letter to local elected officials

Local officials will work harder to make your community a better place if they know that you appreciate them. Why not pen them a letter thanking them for making beneficial decisions for your community. Your encouraging words will make an official’s day and push them to work harder for your community.

5) Attend local events and festivals

Many local events are fundraisers that have free admission. You may be wondering how you are helping out if it is free, but typically these fundraisers help non-profit organizations which make their money through sponsorships. This typically means that sponsors look at attendance numbers to decide how much to give. If you attend with your family, you will be increasing the number of people there, therefore increasing the amount that is donated give next year.

6) Shop at locally owned businesses

If you shop locally, you will encourage other people to do so as well. This promotes growth and increases the likelihood of new businesses opening in the area. And bonus: if you shop at locally owned businesses, you will probably save time and money.

Helping out your community doesn’t have to mean taking a large part out of your day to give back. There are so many little things that you and your family can do to help make your community a better place to live.