Student Donates All B’Day Gifts

Tyler Fazzari gives his own gifts on his birthdays.

Ten-year-old Tyler Fazzari is at it again. For his third straight birthday, he is raising money for charity instead of receiving gifts. This year it is the Wounded Warrior Project.

Tyler, who attends Sousa Elementary, said he “chose this charity because I am learning about all our country’s battles through the years in Social Studies and I am thankful for their fighting for our freedom.”
On Feb. 1, with the help of Bounce! in Syosset, he has invited his entire fifth grade class, as well as his friends and family, to celebrate his birthday with him by raising money for Wounded Warrior, who he is a student ambassador for.
Tyler first began his philanthropy in 2013, right after Hurricane Sandy. His grandparents had lost their house and he wanted to help the victims. East Elementary School in Long Beach was the lucky recipient of a new Smart Board package in his honor and Tyler presented the gift to the students in person.
Last year, he raised money for The Nassau Suffolk School for Autism and had a great time playing with all the kids benefiting from his altruistic efforts and started a movement called BirthdayBack (www.birthdayback.com) to inspire kids and adults to “celebrate their birthdays by giving.” Congressman Steve Israel was impressed by Tyler and spoke of him in his floor speech in Washington, DC.