The Make-a-Wish Foundation is one of the most respected nonprofits in the United States. As the organization’s name implies, its members strive to grant wishes to children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal disease. Recently, the foundation, which is responsible for the Bat Kid event in San Francisco, helped turn another child’s dream into a reality. As reported by NBC Sports:
“Charvis Brewer is an 8-year-old boy battling cerebral palsy, which has confined him to a wheelchair, still he has the same dream a lot of us did growing up — to be drafted by his hometown NBA team. In his case, the Memphis Grizzlies.
Last week the Grizzlies made that come true…
Working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Brewer was drafted by the team, went through a mock press conference, went into the locker room, had a team meal and more.
Monday night Brewer attended the Grizzlies loss to the Bulls and watched from box seats. More importantly, he got to feel like part of the team.”
According to Make-a-Wish Foundation officials, the nonprofit grants the wish of one child every 38 minutes. As one can expect, fulfilling the wishes of these children can be very expensive, but the organization presses forward because of the joy their actions bring to the children.
Although you may not be able to grant this type of wish for a sick child, you can do your part to help make dreams come true for children in your community. Try organizing a fundraising event that will help them get what they want or need. Here are a few simple charity fundraising ideas:
Board Game Tournament
Ditch the video games for a night and stage a board game tournament in your community. Try to choose classic board games that are appropriate for all ages, such as The Game of Life or Scrabble. You can also set up concession stands to help raise more funds.
Make-Your-Own Pizza Party
Everybody loves pizza. See if your local pizza parlor is willing to donate pizza dough and a few basic toppings such as cheese and pepperoni. You can then have a make-your-own pizza party at the park.
If you still want to contribute, but do not have the time to stage a fundraising event, you can also start an online fundraiser. Popular online fundraising ideas include sending email solicitations and selling items over websites like eBay Giving Works. Take advantage of social media to help promote your online fundraiser more effectively, and in a short amount of time, you can generate a meaningful contributions to the charity of your choice.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Grizzlies “draft” 8-year-old boy with cerebral palsy through Make-a-Wish Foundation, NBA Sports, December 31, 2013)