Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana set a record this past fiscal year, granting a whopping 916 wishes to kids across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. This record surpassed our goals and is the largest number of wishes granted by any Make-A-Wish chapter in the country. We have a lot to celebrate, as each wish means a child, family, community and network is impacted in a positive way.
As we plan for a busy new fiscal year, a main focus is how to grant more wishes while being extremely cost-conscious. We want to make sure that our hard earned donor dollars are going as far as they can. Our wish team is working diligently to utilize local and national partnerships to make a big wish impact at a lower cost.
One national partner, Allegiant, has been instrumental in helping us grant a record-breaking number of wishes. Allegiant has generously offered to donate wish travel when possible...Yes, you read that correctly, FREE AIRFARE AND LUGGAGE! Starting in 2013 with OKI’s first wish kid to use Allegiant, our partnership has grown to over 100 wish families traveling on Allegiant for their wish trips, and that’s just in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Allegiant is donating wish travel all over the country!
Take wish kid Kayla for example. Kayla, who is from Fremont, Ohio, wished to go to Disney World with her family. With Allegiant operating at Orlando Sanford International Airport, we were able to send Kayla and her family on a week long, expense-paid trip. Allegiant generously donated the flights and luggage for Kayla and her family and treated them like royalty. From the personal escort through security to a wish party at the airport gate to priority boarding for Kayla and her family, Allegiant truly elevated the wish trip experience to a new level. After Kayla boarded the plane, the pilot gave her a tour of the cockpit and even allowed her to sit in the Captain’s seat!
When she arrived in Florida, Kayla spent a week visiting all the Orlando theme parks and took a day trip to the beach. All the smiles, laughter and memories created during Kayla’s trip started off with an Allegiant flight and a dedicated crew that went above and beyond to make her feel special.
Our Allegiant partnership has allowed us to grant more wishes for kids like Kayla and support our local communities with local flights. With Allegiant’s expanded routes and our wishes growing, we are looking forward to a busy new year!
Happy New Year!
Wish Program Manager