His parents taught him the importance of giving back to the community.
Now Omahan Tom Foley wants his three children to learn the same thing.
“My mother was constantly volunteering,” said Foley, a senior vice president and financial adviser at Morgan Stanley. “She gave plenty of time and talent.”
Foley and his wife, Tamara, donated $2,500 to The World-Herald’s Goodfellows fund last year. The charity uses the money it raises to provide one-time emergency aid and holiday meal certificates to needy people in the community.
Foley said he has given to Goodfellows for 30 years.
He said he believes that everyone has something to offer, but every now and then, people need an extra push.
By donating to Goodfellows and volunteering at local charities, Foley hopes to help people get back on their feet. Trials can happen to anyone, he said.
“I think the line between success and trouble is a lot thinner than people think,” Foley said. “You never know when it could all go wrong.”
Foley and his wife want their children — Cal, 14; Paige, 11; and Georgia, 9 — to be charitable and see the value in community.
His message to his kids: Help your neighbor.
“I think everyone should pull the next person forward a little bit,” he said. “It’s a community effort to bootstrap people in times of struggle.”