Last November 17th, I had the opportunity to volunteer at Make A Wish foundation. I’ve always wanted to volunteer at a foundation, especially one that helps children. So when my mom told us about Make A Wish, I was beyond excited to help out!
Make A Wish is a foundation that grants the wishes of children aged 3-18 with life-threatening illnesses. They aim to fill these children with hope, joy, and strength.
I really wanted to help out with this foundation because I’ve had a personal experience knowing someone with a life-threatening illness. My cousin, Gabbie, lost her battle with cancer 4 years ago when she was 10. I wanted to give these kids hope that they’re going to make it. I wanted to see all the smiles on their faces once they got their wishes.
My heart filled with joy when the kids came in with their parents. They had no idea what surprises were in store for them! I was really excited to see their reactions once they were given their wishes.
The theme of this certain wish grant was a graduation theme, where we would showcase the kids’ achievements for the 2013. Other volunteers interviewed the parents on what achievements have made them extremely proud of their children for the year; the rest of the volunteers, on the other hand, entertained the kids with coloring activities! Hooray!
I grew rather fond of 6-year-old Abegail. As I helped her color, I realized it would be nice if I did a little portrait of her. I speedily sketched and colored a picture of her, and gave it to her as somewhat a “Christmas gift.” It was really nice to share my talents with these kids and make them smile.
I couldn’t help but get teary eyed during the “graduation ceremony.” I’ve only known these kids for a few hours but I was extremely proud of them for their all their strength and courage. Even if I’m older, I consider these kids as role models for me to never lose hope and to always trust in God.
I was thrilled to see all the kids’ faces once their wishes were right in front of them. It was really nice to see their eyes light up when they opened their gifts!
I’m really happy I got to volunteer with Make A Wish. It made me realize how lucky I am and that we should all cherish the simple things in life. I think I’ll be inviting my friends to come with me to the next wish grant I attend. I want to share the feeling of making people smile to the rest of the world!