Wilson ONE (Organization for Networking and Education) members are helping to make the dreams of two local children come true.
After learning of two Wilson County children on the list for wishes with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a Wilson ONE member charged peers to donate their personal money - resulting in $450 raised so far.
Wilson ONE Secretary Pam Peery said that knowing the money would be earmarked for Wilson County kids pulled on their members' heartstrings. "If you know what your money is going to, you are more likely to give," she said. "I think that if other civic groups in Wilson County donate, too, we can make this happen. I want these Wilson County children to get their wishes."
The average cost for a "wish" is $7,500. Lillian Turman, with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee said that while Disney World is a popular wish choice, there are countless other options. Some children opt to meet their favorite celebrity, redo their room or go on a shopping spree.
"I always heard about it but thought the wishes were just for children who were terminally ill. In this process I learned that wishes are also granted to children who were not terminally ill, but have serious illness," Wilson ONE member Betty Fleming said.
Fleming added that giving her donation of $100 made her feel good. "Once you give you always get back," she said. "It is wonderful that there is a program like this to grant these wishes. A lot of times when a child is sick, the parents may be missing work or have a lot of medical bills, leaving them strapped for cash and unable to do these things."
According to Turman the best way to contribute to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee is online. Information identifying the local children was not released.
For more information or to donate go to www.middletennessee.wish.org.
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