It's that time of year again when children across our region begin to anticipate the holidays, anxiously awaiting holiday treats, gifts and traditions. However, there is a different type of anticipation for the local children that Make-A-Wish serves.
Kids in our community, facing overwhelming odds, will spend much of this holiday season anxiously awaiting medical test results. While other kids count down the days until it’s time to decorate the tree or light the menorah, our wish kids are counting the days until they can finally leave their hospital rooms and return home.
These children desperately need an edge in conquering their illnesses, children just like Lyric. Throughout Lyric's young life, he has dealt with more than most do in a lifetime, as do most of our wish children. Lyric's one true wish to go to the North Pole was inspired by his favorite movie, The Polar Express. Lyric's wish is a glimpse into the type of creativity and imagination our wish kids are capable of when given the opportunity to express themselves through a wish experience.
You can help provide such an edge this holiday season by helping our wish children achieve something beyond their wildest dreams – something seemingly out of reach – the life-transforming gift of their one true wish. Lyric's wish provided him with a much needed break from the daily realities of his medical condition, while providing him with lasting memories he can look back on when he needs some extra joy.
Please consider brightening these local children’s spirits during this holiday season. Below are just a few examples of how you can give the gift of a wish today.
Giving Tuesday represents a global movement based on providing hope, strength and joy. It also represents a day where heroes like you rally for children battling critical illnesses to show them that there is more to life than their medical condition. We invite you to join us this Giving Tuesday, December 3rd, and give the selfless gift of a wish. Learn more and donate here.
For the Person Who Has Everything
Still looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything? Make a donation to Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas and help grant a wish in their honor! A tribute card will be sent to them informing them a donation has been made in their honor. This heartfelt gift will surely brighten the life of a local child this holiday season. Donate here.
Write a Letter to Santa
The holidays are a time of giving, sharing and believing. From now – December 24, write a letter to Santa and drop it off at Macy’s or send online at macys.com/believe. Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish for every letter collected, up to $1M, to help grant wishes to children battling critical illnesses.
Party with a Purpose
Wishes restore smiles and hope to local children facing incredible challenges. Help us grant more wishes like Lyric's by hosting an in-home party. In-home parties are an easy, yet impactful, way to introduce your friends to our life-changing mission and engage their support. Contact Heidi Klein at (314) 384-5058 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Become a Volunteer
This holiday season, you can join a community who gives their time to help bring wishes to children with critical illnesses. Become a volunteer and help us make wishes possible. You can find more information on volunteer opportunities here.
Refer a Child
A wish experience begins with a referral. Refer a child with a critical illness here.
Donate Airline Miles
Do you have accumulated airline miles, or would you like to help send wish kids and their families to places across the country and across the world? Donating airline miles helps Make-A-Wish give wishes wings! For more information on how you can donate airline miles, click here.
Donate your Car
Perhaps this season, some of you will be lucky to receive a new vehicle, or maybe this season is the time to let go of an older vehicle. Through Wheels for Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas, you can make a tax deductible donation by donating your vehicle. For more information click here.