Monday, May 16

You Made MY Wish Come True & I Celebrated With "Make-A-Wish"

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I'm so honored that Pixie Dust
recently hit the 300 followers mark!
I'm celebrating with a 
& a Random Act of Kindness
for my community to share my joy.
I got this idea from my thoughtful 
blog friend, Jules at . . . 
who inspired me to use my blog to try to
make world a better place.

Today I visited my local chapter of the
Make-A-Wish Foundation
to make a contribution
in honor of all you wonderful readers.
   
 -"Blaise", whose wish was to travel to Nashville to visit cousins & grandparents -

This amazing organization grants wishes to children with
life-threatening illnesses "to enrich the human experience with
hope, strength & joy."

There are 66 Make-A-Wish chapters in the U.S. with
even more all around the world.
In Utah, we are blessed to have a beautiful building
that houses Make-A-Wish.


This is the WISHING TOWER (more about that later) . . .


There are only two other Make-A-Wish facilities similar to this one
in the U.S.--one in Dallas & one in Sacramento
(with a third under construction in New Jersey).

Each wish child receives a real key 
in this "castle box"
& brings the key with them when they make their wish.


The key opens this door to the Wishing Tower!
Cool!


Children gave ideas about the design of this building.
"Shanna", age 9 said, "When they tell their wish 
music plays & fireflies dance".
Which is pretty close to what happens in the 
Wishing Tower.


Then the folks at Make-A-Wish do all in their power to
make that wish come true. 
Once their wish is complete, the children are invited to
etch their names onto a star & it joins the others as it is
raised to the ceiling in a 
beautiful constellation
which is a reminder of each wish child - 
those who have passed on AND those who 
continue on with their courageous battle against
a life-threatening illness.

- "Justin, age 10 suggested, "every child who makes a wish
leaves a gold star on the ceiling".
Visitors like me can have a wish token to keep 
or to make a wish in the fountain . . . 
Last time I visited, I made a VERY important wish
about one of my children,
tossed my token in the wishing pond,
AND IT CAME TRUE! This time I kept my token.

As you can see, this is a wonderful organization!
I think "Daniel", age 15 said it best when he
suggested, "The wishing place should be
all joy & peace with nothing 
whatsoever to do with the hospital".
  
If you want to know more (or join me in donating),


or


ALSO, if you live in the area, there will be a special
a bike-riding event in St. George on October 22, 2011. 

BTW, here's a breakdown of how donations are used . . .


Thank you, blog friends, for
giving me a reason to celebrate!




 I shared this at The Girl Creative's Linky Party

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Have you ever wanted to host
a party, but you were afraid 
no one would come?

{But enough about MY reoccurring nightmares!}

I've been planning on hosting a Linky Party
for some time now, but haven't had the
courage to do it! S-o-o,  in the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt,

"DO SOMETHING EVERYDAY THAT SCARES YOU",

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