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3 Everyday People Who Granted Extraordinary Wishes

Ethan, Sam, garbage man, Make-A-Wish America, XSight Media
Sam is an everyday man with an everyday name and an everyday job. He wakes up every morning, ready to clear the refuse from the streets of Sacramento, and he goes home every night knowing that, because of him, the city will be a little cleaner than before.

Dec 02, 2016

3 Everyday People Who Granted Extraordinary Wishes

Ethan, Sam, garbage man, Make-A-Wish America, XSight Media
Sam is an everyday man with an everyday name and an everyday job. He wakes up every morning, ready to clear the refuse from the streets of Sacramento, and he goes home every night knowing that, because of him, the city will be a little cleaner than before.

The Original Wish Mom

Linda Pauling, Chris Greicius, Make-A-Wish Arizona
Linda wears glasses, a green cap and a Make-A-Wish sweatshirt, a sort of casual-but-spirited look. Her grey hair peeks out from underneath her hat, and her blue eyes have a kindness behind them that is seldom matched.

Nov 23, 2016

The Original Wish Mom

Linda Pauling, Chris Greicius, Make-A-Wish Arizona
Linda wears glasses, a green cap and a Make-A-Wish sweatshirt, a sort of casual-but-spirited look. Her grey hair peeks out from underneath her hat, and her blue eyes have a kindness behind them that is seldom matched.

Getting Your Kids Into Giving

Make-A-Wish, Tri-counties chapter, student volunteers
My heart melted the other day when my little cousin, Olivia, started a donation jar for Make-A-Wish. After watching a video about a young girl’s wish being granted, she was moved and ran to get her piggy bank right away. It was the very first time she had ever asked to donate her own money to a charitable cause.

Nov 18, 2016

Getting Your Kids Into Giving

Make-A-Wish, Tri-counties chapter, student volunteers
My heart melted the other day when my little cousin, Olivia, started a donation jar for Make-A-Wish. After watching a video about a young girl’s wish being granted, she was moved and ran to get her piggy bank right away. It was the very first time she had ever asked to donate her own money to a charitable cause.

Nov 15, 2016

Thinking of a Wish on Sisters Serve the World Day

Chi Omega, Katlyn Gould, Sisters Serve the World Day
When I was 14 years old, I was battling all the normal fears of being a freshman in high school: terrifying older students, big lockers and a huge school that I was bound to get lost in. But this was nothing compared to a greater battle I was fighting: stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer in the lymph nodes. Over the period of six months, I went through four rounds of rigorous chemotherapy and eight weeks of radiation treatment. Finally, on Nov. 22, 2007, I was declared in remission and am proud to say I am nine years cancer-free.

Nov 15, 2016

Thinking of a Wish on Sisters Serve the World Day

Chi Omega, Katlyn Gould, Sisters Serve the World Day
When I was 14 years old, I was battling all the normal fears of being a freshman in high school: terrifying older students, big lockers and a huge school that I was bound to get lost in. But this was nothing compared to a greater battle I was fighting: stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer in the lymph nodes. Over the period of six months, I went through four rounds of rigorous chemotherapy and eight weeks of radiation treatment. Finally, on Nov. 22, 2007, I was declared in remission and am proud to say I am nine years cancer-free.

Military Personnel Help Wish Kids Fight Off Illness

Carl, WWII pilot, military, Make-A-Wish America
With options like amusement parks and trips abroad, it may be surprising that so many wish kids dream to be in the military for a day. Sometimes, they are inspired by a relative who serves or has served in the past, but that’s not always the case … so why does experiencing military service appeal to them?

Nov 11, 2016

Military Personnel Help Wish Kids Fight Off Illness

Carl, WWII pilot, military, Make-A-Wish America
With options like amusement parks and trips abroad, it may be surprising that so many wish kids dream to be in the military for a day. Sometimes, they are inspired by a relative who serves or has served in the past, but that’s not always the case … so why does experiencing military service appeal to them?

Nov 04, 2016

4 Books That Explore Illness from a Sibling's Perspective

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Siblings of kids with life-threatening illness are in a unique position. Even though they themselves may not be sick, they must adjust their lives to accommodate their brother or sister. They may have to handle challenges their peers do not face, like going on regular hospital and doctor visits, coping with medical emergencies or fearing for their sibling’s health.

Nov 04, 2016

4 Books That Explore Illness from a Sibling's Perspective

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Siblings of kids with life-threatening illness are in a unique position. Even though they themselves may not be sick, they must adjust their lives to accommodate their brother or sister. They may have to handle challenges their peers do not face, like going on regular hospital and doctor visits, coping with medical emergencies or fearing for their sibling’s health.

Oct 24, 2016

Tips & Tricks to Make Halloween Fun for Everyone

pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, Halloween, 2016
I’ve always loved Halloween. It’s the one time of year you can be as weird as you want and be rewarded for it with candy. As an adult, I love it even more because, well, I can still be weird, but I also have so much fun handing out treats and interacting with the kids.

Oct 24, 2016

Tips & Tricks to Make Halloween Fun for Everyone

pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, Halloween, 2016
I’ve always loved Halloween. It’s the one time of year you can be as weird as you want and be rewarded for it with candy. As an adult, I love it even more because, well, I can still be weird, but I also have so much fun handing out treats and interacting with the kids.

Conjure Up Magical Memories this Halloween

Party City Halloween Tips
Today’s guest post comes from Make-A-Wish sponsor Party City. With Halloween just a few moonrises away, we asked their party experts for advice: What’s the best way to decorate for trick-or-treaters, parties or even fundraisers to help wish kids? Here’s what they had to say!

Oct 14, 2016

Conjure Up Magical Memories this Halloween

Party City Halloween Tips
Today’s guest post comes from Make-A-Wish sponsor Party City. With Halloween just a few moonrises away, we asked their party experts for advice: What’s the best way to decorate for trick-or-treaters, parties or even fundraisers to help wish kids? Here’s what they had to say!

My Experience at Walk For Wishes

Walk for Wishes, Phoenix, 2016
Teams in matching shirts, makeup and tutus pass by my car window as I sit, scoping out the scene. In the few brief moments I’ve been here, I’ve already seen a wide variety of supporters, including moms with strollers, siblings racing back and forth, and dads with puppy-dogs in tow. Though it’s only 7:30 am – too early for this kind of excitement and too dark outside to keep my eyes open – I’m glad I came.

Oct 05, 2016

My Experience at Walk For Wishes

Walk for Wishes, Phoenix, 2016
Teams in matching shirts, makeup and tutus pass by my car window as I sit, scoping out the scene. In the few brief moments I’ve been here, I’ve already seen a wide variety of supporters, including moms with strollers, siblings racing back and forth, and dads with puppy-dogs in tow. Though it’s only 7:30 am – too early for this kind of excitement and too dark outside to keep my eyes open – I’m glad I came.

Meet Three Philanthropists Who Aren't Even Old Enough to Drive

young philanthropists
So, when are you old enough to start making the world a better place? When you’re old enough to drive? When you buy your first home? When you’re a parent?

Sep 28, 2016

Meet Three Philanthropists Who Aren't Even Old Enough to Drive

young philanthropists
So, when are you old enough to start making the world a better place? When you’re old enough to drive? When you buy your first home? When you’re a parent?

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