Thursday, January 24, 2013

You Hold the Ticket to a Child's Wish!

Make-A-Wish Foundation® Needs Donations of Airline Miles for Wish Kids to Reach Destinations

Jordan’s Make-A-Wish ® adventure started long before he caught a glimpse of his first wild kangaroo: Stepping onto the jetway for his first intercontinental flight was the true beginning of his wish.

Many wishes like Jordan’s come true with help from frequent fliers. Their donations of air miles are essential to getting wish kids to their destinations. Donating air miles through the Foundation’s Wishes in Flight program is easy – and the miles never expire once they’re in the Foundation’s account. Nearly 70 percent of the wishes granted nationwide by the Make-A-Wish Foundation last year included air travel for families to reach their wish destinations. The Foundation estimates that 2.5 billion donated airline miles are needed to provide wish travel for wish kids and their families each year.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation arranges travel for wish kids to reach their wish destinations, whether it’s to meet a celebrity, go to their favorite theme park or reconnect with a close friend who moved away,” said Chris Sichel, CEO Make-A-Wish® San Diego. “Donating unused airline miles is an easy way for supporters to help us grant children’s wishes and give them an experience that improves the quality of life for them and their families.”

Many major airlines based in the United States allow members of their frequent flier programs to donate airline miles to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you have air miles with Delta, US Airways, Continental, or United, you hold the ticket to a child’s wish. Frequent fliers can learn more about donating their air miles today at wish.org/miles.

Every traveler can be part of a life-affirming wish. All it takes is a simple airline miles donation.

Make-A-Wish San Diego 2nd annual Wishes In Flight telethon will take place on January 25, 2013 on NBC 7 San Diego from 6 AM – 7 PM to collect donations of frequent flier miles. Miles can be donated throughout the year via the Make-A-Wish San Diego site at: http://www.makeawish-sd.org/wishes-in-flight/

About Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 64 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States since its inception.

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