Hero Central: Kids Wish Network

3:46 PM, Aug 6, 2010   |    comments
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Jamie and Joy Buffa

Holiday, Florida -- The Kids Wish Network is a national organization that grants terminally ill children a wish of their choice. A Pasco mother and daughter have been volunteering at the charity in an effort to give back to the community.

Jamie and Joy Buffa are a mother and daughter team that have been volunteering at the Kids Wish Network, which has a branch in Pasco County. The organization provides gifts to cheer up hospitalized children receiving treatment.

"It makes them really happy when I got to see them at the hospital that like really hit me. I almost cried because it was so sad, they were really happy to have a little basket," Jamie said.

Jamie started volunteering at the Kids Wish Network as part of a school project and on her first day, her mother came along to show support.

"At first I came to make sure wherever she was going was safe and I wanted to see what it was like," Joy explained.

The mother liked what she saw and began helping her daughter stuff bags filled with supplies that are distributed to kids in need.

"It's a great program where they distribute toys, books, jewelry to children in hospitals, battered women's children and homeless children," Joy said.

Jamie was also impressed with the charity and its association with celebrities and other famous people.

"They have a network where they get to pick a wish and some of them get to meet Hannah Montana and Brad Paisley and famous people, and I thought that was really cool," Jamie said.

Volunteering together has allowed the two of them to become closer as a mother and daughter.

"At first, I didn't want her to come but then we really bonded together when we did it, and usually I come for four hours and we were together," Jamie said.

Spending more time with her daughter made volunteering at the charity even more special to the mother.

"You know at 17, you really don't get to spend much time with your kids. So anytime we get the opportunity that we get to do anything together, works for me," Joy said.

The people at the Kids Wish Network are delighted to have the Buffas on their team.

"They're heroes, because they make our little heroes' lives better by improving the quality of their lives through their service to their community," said Alicia Argiz-Lyons, the executive director of the Kids Wish Network in Pasco County.

The mom and daughter plan to become even more active in the charity in the future.

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Melvin Beal, 10 News

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