5 Ways to Grant Wishes for Children With Critical Illnesses
As the holidays approach, join Make-A-Wish Colorado and share the joy of the season with wish families
Photos courtesy of Make-A-Wish® Colorado
The power of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish® Colorado is evident from just a glance at the faces of a wish family. In addition to smiles that stretch from ear to ear, the child’s eyes will sparkle with wonder and excitement, while the parents eyes exude serenity and contentment.
Those same expressions of joy and fulfillment appear on the faces of everyone associated with a wish – from the wish granters to the donors to the passersby lucky enough to receive a high five from a grinning wish kid. Make-A-Wish Colorado shares that amazing impact by engaging the community in a variety of activities year-round that allow individuals to pursue their passions while supporting wish families.
Recently, more than 50 hikers participated in the 2nd annual Trailblaze Challenge, a 23.7 mile hike completed in one life-changing day. Others rallied teams to compete in the Young Professionals Group Kickball Tournament and still others enjoyed a day admiring exotic and classic cars during Wheels & Wishes. In October, more than 600 community members and wish families celebrated together at the 3rd annual Walk For Wishes & 5K at Hudson Gardens.
As the holidays approach, Make-A-Wish Colorado offers several opportunities to share the joy of the season with wish families – and to lift the spirits of all involved.
1. Colorado Gives Day
Tuesday, December 10th is officially Colorado Gives Day. More than 2,500 nonprofits participate and each is eligible to receive an additional donation from the $1 Million Incentive Fund, based on the percentage of the total donations it receives. Schedule your donation beginning Nov. 1st here.
2. Macy’s Believe! Campaign
Macy’s Believe! Campaign: From Nov. 1st to Dec. 24th, Macy’s across the nation will donate $1 (up to $1 million) for every letter to Santa that is dropped off in a Believe! mailbox at one of its stores or submitted online via macys.com/believe. Gather your family or co-workers to help spread the spirit of generosity this season by inspiring everyone to show they Believe by writing a letter to Santa Claus.
3. Subaru Share The Love Initiative
Purchase or lease a new Subaru vehicle between Nov. 14th and Jan. 2nd and Subaru will make a $250 donation to one of four national charity partners, including Make-A-Wish.
4. Kids For Wish Kids
During the winter and spring, more than 175 schools across Colorado will host a Wish Week. Led by the students, Wish Weeks include fun activities and fundraising events to support local wish kids. Be on the lookout for ways in which you can support your local school during Wish Week.
Granting 300 wishes each year is a big job and Make-A-Wish Colorado relies heavily on volunteers to help brings wishes to life for as many children as possible. Check out colorado.wish.org to learn about opportunities.