Recently, a group of nine people spent a day helping make a wish come true for a 3 year old boy they’d never met.
Not only that, the wish they were helping with was going to be shared with all of the boys’ playmates. Equipped with a set of tools and a lot of enthusiasm, the nine volunteers from the accounting firm KPMG spent several hours this May building a play structure for Ossar that would be installed at his daycare center to be shared with the other children who spend their days there. Because volunteers like these are an essential part of every wish we grant, and can provide hands-on support for wishes like Ossar’s.
By the time they were done, the play structure had taken shape. It had changed from a pile of wooden beams and parts to a slide, swing set, rock wall, glider and acrobat bar, sitting on top of a cushiony rubber mat to help break falls. The play structure, decorated with a big red bow, was unveiled to Ossar just a few days later. The active little boy who loves to climb, swing and slide despite having had brain surgery and chemotherapy, was suddenly torn about what do with his gift from Make-A-Wish. Because he loves basketball, he decided to use the acrobat bar as an impromptu net and threw a ball over it.
His brother and playmates wasted no time trying out all of the structure’s features. The swings, in his brother Eddie’s opinion, were “very, very, very good.” The daycare owner, Antoinette Mills, who cares for Ossar 12 hours a day said, “everyone got a wish granted.” And his mother, Tamara said “He will be playing on that structure for a very long time. We appreciate it sooo much.” She has now offered to become a Make-A-Wish volunteer herself, saying “It feels awesome to be able to give back like that.”