“Wishes are important because … all your problems just swipe away because you just focus on the happiness of others,” said wish-granting volunteer, Nari. “When you see the other person is a little happier than what you used to be, you start getting happy with that person too.”
Nari came to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington during a rough time in her life. She suffered from postpartum depression and needed something to keep her mind occupied. But what Nari found at Make-A-Wish was much more than a distraction.
“When I did my first wish and I saw it complete, I got so excited I wanted more,” Nari said. Now, Nari has been a Make-A-Wish wish-granting volunteer for two-and-a-half years.
Nari is a business owner and a mom, but her busy life does not hinder her desire to help wish families in need.
“Outside of being a full-time mom and doing your job, people are very flexible and the families are very flexible,” she said. “All you have to do is be willing to help, willing to make kids smile, willing to help families.”
Nari says the impact she has had on wish families is what keeps her coming back. Studies show that wishes have physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses better health outcomes. Nari has seen it first-hand as a volunteer.
“They forget about what condition they have,” she said. “The wish kid forgets about all his medical problems and the family forgets about the chaos and the medical problems.”
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See why Nari and other Make-A-Wish volunteers choose to give their time to create life-changing wishes for local children.