My Town: Wrapping Gifts For a Good Cause
By Rachel Mann, BEAT Reporter
BRUNSWICK,Ohio-Most kids’ lives consist of playing games on the front lawn and seeing friends at school every day. This does not apply to children with life threatening diseases.
The Northeast Ohio Make-a-Wish Foundation makes dreams come true for children who can only imagine this type of normal routine. This organization gives these children a taste of humanity and hope.
“Make-a-Wish kids cannot go outside and play, attend school with their friends, or even take a trip to the movies,” says Kim Sazima, spokesperson for the Northeast Ohio Make-a-Wish Foundation. “Their normal, everyday lives have been replaced by hospital stays, doctor’s appointments, surgeries and routine medical testing.”
The improvement seen in the children and their families is outstanding. 98% of parents involved in the Foundation feel that their experience gives them a chance to be a normal family, and 81% of parents feel that there is an increased willingness by their kids to comply with treatment protocols.
Young people can be engaged in the Foundation through the Students for Wish Kids Program.
“Students for Wish Kids allow schools and other youth organizations to get involved with the Foundation by raising funds to grant wishes locally,” explained Sazima. Students can also host toy drives, participate in the Walk for Wishes, or raise funds with family and friends.
In December, over thirty BEAT student backpack journalists (grades 6-12) from the Brunswick Schools Video Program, along with their parents, will engage in a unique community fundraiser in support of Make-A-Wish.
On December 15th, this group will wrap gifts from 3:30pm – 10:00pm at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Montrose (4015 Medina Road, Akron), with all donations going to the Northeast Ohio Make-A-Wish Foundation. “Almost all of our BEAT reporters will participate,” said Teri Theobald, BEAT General Manager. “Make-A-Wish is a great organization that our students are honored to support.
We hope that the community will keep us VERY busy wrapping their gifts on the 15th.”
Anybody can become a wish-granting volunteer in order to get the opportunity to give the most heartfelt wish of a child by visiting the Make-a-Wish website by clicking here.
In Medina, the Make-a-Wish Foundation has touched the lives of 90 families since 1983. Each child is special and unique, and so are their wishes.
Rachel Mann, an eighth-grader at Visintainer Middle School, is one of over thirty “backpack journalists” in the award-winning Brunswick Schools Video Program. The Program is sponsored by RPM, Plum Creek Assisted Living Community, Medina Hospital and Lorain County Community College/University of Akron at Midpoint Campus.