We all have wishes, hopes and dreams, but some these wishes hold big dreams in a child’s heart.
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The Make-A-Wish foundation is home to making those special wishes come true. The Make-A-Wish mission is:
“We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”
In April 2012 Auburn founded a club to help be a small part of making wishes come true, Wishmakers on Campus.
Wishmakers on Campus is devoted to promoting awareness of the Make-A-Wish mission by raising funds through involving dedicated students to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Wishmakers on Campus will be partnering with Chi-Omega, whose philanthropy is the Make-A-Wish foundation, for wish week. Wish week will host movie night, coffee night and a band at Cater Lawn.
All the money raised from these events will be given to the Make-A-Wish foundation to help kids have their wishes granted.
Being a new organization, Wishmakers on Campus will host their fall fundraiser on November 3 and 4, November 11 and December 1 and 2. Volunteers will rake your lawn for a donation of $35 an hour. A team of four to six volunteers will be raking.
If you are a homeowner and wish to have your lawn raked by Wishmakers visit auburnwishmakers.weebly.com to make a work order.
Wishmakers will also be writing letters to Santa to send to Macy’s. Macy’s donates $1 for every letter to Santa they receive. They have one day they will donate $2 for every letter and Wishmakers plans to make sure their letters go in the mail that day.
Wishmakers will be on the concourse next week to answer any questions that you may have or if you want to get involved.
They will also be selling raffle tickets for $10 for a chance to win one of five Big Green Eggs. The Big Green Egg is a ceramic smoker that is valued at about $1,200. Commission for Wishin’ has offered, if Wishmakers sells a certain number of tickets, to donate money to the Wishmakers on Campus organization.
This club has touched close to my heart as a student. Make-A-Wish has always been my dream job and I never thought I would have the opportunity to work with Make-A-Wish. Wishmakers on Campus is making that possible. The opportunity to volunteer with Make-A-Wish foundation as well as raise money for them is just the volunteer opportunity I have been looking for.
Never underestimate the power of on-campus organizations. There is always a place for everyone to be involved.
If you are not a member of Wishmakers on Campus, there is still time to be involved. Being a member is not necessary; you can still donate time for the Rake-A-Thon and write letters to Santa.