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Spreading Joy with Austin

Austin Blog post header 2017
When I think about Make-A-Wish®, I think about how happy a wish can make a child who is going through a tough time in their lives. I have known about Make-A-Wish for as long as I can remember, but I never understood how important this organization was until I experienced it firsthand. When I was hired at my local Target store in 2014, I never imagined something like this would happen.

Jun 08, 2017

Spreading Joy with Austin

Austin Blog post header 2017
When I think about Make-A-Wish®, I think about how happy a wish can make a child who is going through a tough time in their lives. I have known about Make-A-Wish for as long as I can remember, but I never understood how important this organization was until I experienced it firsthand. When I was hired at my local Target store in 2014, I never imagined something like this would happen.

Kids Can Make a Difference

Development Coordinator Andrea Ballas accepts donation from Zack and his mom
Kids can make a difference – a phrase I first heard in elementary school, but, I admit, did not have much meaning for me. I always thought of it as something teachers told students so that they would help keep the playground clean after recess. This changed on August 1, 2013, when I started my first day of work at Make-A-Wish®. My new job entitled me to oversee our Kids for Wish Kids® fundraising program geared toward students under 18 years old. After 20 minutes of trying to organize my new desk, our staff was directed to assemble in the board room and greet a kid who is a celebrity in our office – Zachary Abel.

Aug 05, 2014

Kids Can Make a Difference

Development Coordinator Andrea Ballas accepts donation from Zack and his mom
Kids can make a difference – a phrase I first heard in elementary school, but, I admit, did not have much meaning for me. I always thought of it as something teachers told students so that they would help keep the playground clean after recess. This changed on August 1, 2013, when I started my first day of work at Make-A-Wish®. My new job entitled me to oversee our Kids for Wish Kids® fundraising program geared toward students under 18 years old. After 20 minutes of trying to organize my new desk, our staff was directed to assemble in the board room and greet a kid who is a celebrity in our office – Zachary Abel.

About this Blog

This blog brings Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia to you -- sharing first-person stories of the Make-A-Wish experience and the impact of a wish from the perspectives of wish families, volunteers and staff. This blog highlights wishes come true and the special people in Pennsylvania and West Virginia helping to make magical experiences possible for every eligible child.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Inc.
The Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street, 37th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938
(412) 471-9474
Toll Free (800) 676-9474
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Southern West Virginia Office
888 Oakwood Rd
Oakwood Center, Suite 330
Charleston, WV 25314
(304) 342-9474
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913 Canyon Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
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