Please forgive this half-assed post I’m about to write. I was up until a thousand o’clock last night cleaning the house, organizing the Christmas presents that had taken over my dining room, trying to finish decorating…and watching the 12.12.12 concert, which was great, but seemed to go on forever. I really hate not giving every charity the time and effort they all deserve…but a half-assed post is better than none at all! So here goes…
The very first charity I ever donated money to was the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was the December after I’d graduated college and started working full-time and writing that check made me feel very grown up. I don’t remember when I first heard about the foundation or the amazing work they did, but I remember hearing news stories about them over the years. They would grant a wish in spectacular style and it would make the news and I would think about how wonderful it was for the kids and their families to get such an opportunity.
Now that I am older, I’ve known some people with terminally ill children who have had their wishes granted and there is just no way for me to explain what these wishes mean to the kids and the families. Having a sick child takes a major toll on the entire family and these wishes often give the family time together to just be a family and that time is priceless.
Since Make-A-Wish started in 1980, they have granted over 229,000 wishes. That works out to one wish every 38 minutes…and a lot of very happy children. And none of the families ever had to pay a dime for their wishes. The foundation takes care of all the associated expenses…which average about $7,500 per wish.
There are so many ways to help. You can make a financial contribution or you can contribute things like gift cards and shopping sprees, computer equipment, building supplies, limo rides and all kinds of other needed items. (Click here to find out what is needed in your area.) You can shop in the gift store and a portion of your purchase will be donated to wish granting activities. You can give your extra frequent flier miles to help cover travel expenses. You can donate your time and talents because the foundation always needs help. You can even “adopt” a wish and underwrite the full cost of a wish.
Go to the website and check out the story of how the foundation began. Read about some of the wishes that have been granted. Find your local chapter and see what kind of wishes they are currently granting. And read about all the different ways you can get involved.
Someday I would love to be a wish granter. I would love to take all of my contacts and all of my experience and put it to use making a child’s dreams come true. Someday I will be able to do that. Until then, Make-A-Wish is still the first charity I donate to each year. I hope you will consider doing the same.