The Make-A-Wish® Foundation


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Have you ever watched a sick child’s face transform into joy? Have you ever planned the surprise of a lifetime for a child?  Have you ever created an experience that changes the life of a family?  Have you ever wanted to be a part of a charity that is hands on? Then the Make-A-Wish® Mid-South may be the charity for you.

The Make-A-Wish® Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

There are so many ways to get involved with Make-A-Wish.  You can be as involved as little or as much as you want.  There is something for everyone.

There are opportunities to be a Wish Granting Volunteer – where you can be a part of a wish from beginning to end.  You can meet with a wish child to find out their one true wish and work with the Wish Coordinator to surprise the wish child with the news that their wish is being granted.  I can tell you from experience that this is one of the most magical things you’ll ever experience.

There are opportunities to help with events.  Make-A-Wish holds fundraisers throughout the community that need people to help make these wishes a reality.

There are even opportunities for your business or your child’s school to become Wish Sponsors!  There is no way these wishes could be granted without the generous donations of the Wish Sponsor.

You can donate air miles for travel wishes, you can donate to the wish closet (a closet full of presents the volunteers take when they meet their wish kid) and there is so much more that can be done! You can read about all of the opportunities HERE!

If you know a family who has a child with a life threatening medical condition, you can direct the family to THIS PAGE to see if their child qualifies for a wish and if so, how they can refer their child.

Take a look at some of the pictures, read some of the stories and be inspired to help bring hope, strength and joy into the lives of a child.

“My Make-A-Wish trip to Normandy, France on the Anniversary of D-Day was one of the best experiences of my life. Everyone from Make-A-Wish went out of their way to make sure I had the best trip I could ever imagine! I am so thankful for such a great organization” -Ty  –  AML Leukemia Survivor

The Starfish

I have been contemplating my purpose in this world for close to a year.  I still don’t know what my purpose is.  What I do know is that I love to serve others. Yet when I look at the problems in this world – the hunger, the diseases, the heartache, the unfairness – I get overwhelmed.  How do I make a difference?  Where do I start?  The problems are too big for one person to tackle.  It is easy to make excuses – I work full-time, I’m a single mom, I live paycheck to paycheck.  What can I offer?

Then a good friend shared a story with me that is his life philosophy.  He works diligently to help people who have been wronged.  He told me the “Starfish Story” by Loren Eiseley.

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

This story made me reflect on what I CAN do.  I can make a difference – one “starfish” at a time.  I can volunteer my time and my talent and when I can, my treasure.

I hope, that as you read this blog, you find a charity you feel connected to.  That you will find your niche.  Or many niches!

“I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.”   ~Edward Everett Hale