We recently started highlighting donors for our newsletters and, this February, PFO has a particularly special philanthropist to highlight! Eden Cartee, also known as Edy, is the 10-year-old daughter of Board member Jeremy Cartee! Since one of PFO’s goals is to cultivate the next generation of innovative leaders, philanthropists, and compassionate human beings, Edy’s support of PFO, especially at such a young age, was an obvious choice for a newsletter highlight! We got the chance to interview Edy about how she came to know PFO and why she decided to become a donor to our Buddy Program, a service where two PFO teens build a yearlong friendship with a child with a disability or their sibling.

1. Where did you first learn about Playing for Others?
My mom has been friends with [Executive Director] Miss Jen for longer than I’ve been alive! And she told me all about it. Plus, my dad is on the Board, so we’ve been to lots of PFO events.

2. What made you want to become a donor for PFO?
I heard one of the Buddies, Zoe, talk at a PFO event. Zoe was passionate about the buddy program, and how it impacted her life. Because of that, I wanted to donate to the Buddy Program.

3. How did you raise the money you donated to PFO?
I sold my old toys on one of my mom’s Facebook groups.

4. What do you like most about PFO events?
They are fun! Everyone is friendly and they have such a good time while doing such important work.

5. Why is it important for you to give back to your community?
Because it helps other people and makes the world a better place!

6. Do you see yourself as a PFO teen in the future?
YES! I can’t wait to be in PFO when I am older.

7. What would you like the world to know about PFO?
It’s something great for teens to do, and that their kids should do it when they get older!

At Playing for Others, we are floored by Edy’s amazing generosity and for her passion for our mission. We can’t wait for her to be old enough to join our program!