By Stephanie Howell
Reprinted with permission
If anyone can use the old line “I gave at the office,” it’s Casey Kuckert, an Allstate agency owner with locations in Evanston, Green River and Lyman.
On Dec. 17, area children visited Kuckert’s three offices for her third annual “Christmas on Us” event. They each received a $75 gift card, a stocking filled with candy and a Santa hat to wear for the festivities.
Beginning in early December, Kuckert leverages newspaper ads and school announcements to ask Evanston, Green River and Lyman residents to submit the names of children 18 and younger in families that might need help purchasing Christmas gifts because they are experiencing a difficult time.
Staff members in each of her offices then randomly choose up to four children from each community. In all, Kuckert spends $100 of her own money on each child.
Some children use the gift cards to buy something for themselves, while others purchase gifts for family members and friends. In any case, it’s a way to help bring more smiles to the holiday season.
“[We do it] so they can have a little something to help them enjoy Christmas,” Kuckert said. “It’s nice to give something to the kids. It’s nice to see their reaction; they’re so excited.”
Putting beliefs into action
Christmas on Us isn’t the only time Kuckert goes beyond her day-to-day agency work to help the community. Every February finds her celebrating “Casey’s Birthday Bash,” an event that invites members of the community to nominate local charities. On Feb. 14, her birthday, Kuckert draws the name of a charity and makes a $100 donation.
She also supports the annual Bridger Valley Relay for Life, donating $10 for every new customer referral she receives from current customers. She and her staff participate in the walk, as well, and in 2010, her agency raised the third-highest amount in the area.
Local high schools in Wyoming’s Uinta and Sweetwater counties benefit from Kuckert’s volunteerism, too. She hosts “XtheTXT” events, speaks to driver’s education and economics classes, and donates prize money for football and basketball game raffles.
And at her hometown high school in Mountain View, Kuckert helps promote good sportsmanship: at each home volleyball game, she and the school’s athletic director select a fan displaying the best attitude, and Kuckert springs for pizza and soda for that individual.
It’s all in the name of helping the community she and her family call home, she said.
“I’ve always had a motto of giving back, not being greedy and just making it a better community where I live and where my kids are growing up,” she said.