As regional director of the Erie Regional Office of Make-A-Wish, my job is rewarding every day. I get the opportunity to work with amazing wish families, philanthropic donors and truly wonderful volunteers. I leave work every day with a smile on my face. And some days, I also have a skip in my step because of something extraordinary that happens that day.
Yesterday, July 10th, was one of those days that I left with a huge smile and a skip in my step. And it was all due to three adorable children who dropped off a donation of $1,250. The three children, Lydia, Owen and Mya, recently turned three-years-old. Their mothers, who all work together and gave birth to the kids within a month of each other, called about two months ago with the idea of asking the kids’ friends to make a donation to Make-A-Wish in lieu of birthday gifts. Realizing that their kids already had “everything they needed,” they all agreed that instilling the lesson of giving back to other children would be a present they could give to themselves and to our wish kids.
While the amount is extremely generous, what I found most impressive were the kids and their parents. In an age of over-abundance, these children are learning that it feels good to help others. They will soon receive a letter detailing the wish of another three-year-old child whose wish they are helping to fund…a child they don’t know, and most likely will never meet. But I know from meeting Lydia, Owen and Mya that they will soon be telling their friends and family all about “their wish child,” and sharing the power of a wish. And perhaps they will inspire other young people to follow their lead by putting a smile on other children’s faces – children who need to smile, laugh and play – just like Lydia, Owen and Mya. May their third birthday be the beginning of an amazing year.