April 29th is World Wish Day, the day that marks the 33rd anniversary of the first wish ever granted. To celebrate, Make-A-Wish chapters all across the country held airline mile donation drives to help send children on their wishes. In San Francisco, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area set out to raise 5 million miles locally to be used to send children with life-threatening medical conditions on their wishes, and teamed up with KRON4 to hold a one-day telethon. With phone lines open starting at 6am, Make-A-Wish collected a total of 3.1 million miles by the end of the day Monday, making it possible to send many more children on their wishes. About 70% of all wishes involve air travel, which is the chapter’s greatest wish expense.
Local residents called in or donated their miles online throughout the day, with donations ranging in amounts from 500 to 100,000 miles. “We are incredibly grateful for all of the generous supporters who called or sent in their donations to our campaign. These miles will be put to use immediately to help make it possible for more gravely ill children to experience the delight of a wish.
We are delighted to announce that, with the support of the San Francisco Bay Area community, together we raised 3.1 million miles for local wishes!
Special thanks to KRON4 for their media support, to our wish children who shared their inspirational stories, Alaska Airlines who hosted the phone banks and staffed them, as well as contributed an additional 250,000 miles for a mileage match, Alaska Communications for donating the phone bank and tech service, and to all those who called in to make donations.
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