Make-A-Wish Foundation

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I didn't have a chance on Thursday to do a "Thankful Thursday" post so I'll just do one now! (: Today's charity: Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation, founded in 1980, works to help grant wishes to children suffering with life-threatening medical conditions. A wish experience is a source of inspiration for children who have to undergo difficult medical treatments. It serves as a positive force that can help them overcome their struggles. As the Make-A-Wish Foundation puts it, "A wish experience is often more than a dream come true: It's the catalyst that rekindles their belief in themselves and the promise of their future."

We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

There are four steps to granting a wish: referral, medical eligibility, finding the true wish, and creating joy. Children from the age of 2 1/2 to 17 years who have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization are eligible for a wish. Medical professionals, parents and even children can make referrals. Next, a child's medical eligibility is determined with the help of the treating physician. In order to be eligible, the child must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

The next step is finding out a child's true wish through one of the foundation's wish teams. These teams go out and help wish children explore their imaginations and find out what their one true wish is. Lastly, and most importantly, the wish granters help the child become positive and have an unforgettable experience.

There are various ways that you can help this foundation: donating, volunteering your time and talents, donating 'treasures', and much more! You can learn more about Make-A-Wish and ways you can help by visiting their website here.

I think this idea is so great! Sure you're not ending world hunger or poverty, but you are giving a child, that is suffering with something that could end their life, hope and a positive outlook on life. Be thankful for where you are and what you have and keep doing what you do!

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