Wish-granting volunteer Vicki Jackson has dedicated 11 years to helping local children with critical illnesses replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, anxiety with hope. She continues to volunteer to ensure other families can have a once-in-a-lifetime experience similar to her own family. Here is her story:
Vicki was inspired to get involved after her younger brother had his wish granted to go on a fishing trip in Alaska.
Seeing her brother’s wish come true was so powerful that Vicki knew she had to help other families have a similar experience.
“It’s hard to put it into words how grateful I am for the impact that Make-A-Wish has had in my life and the lives of countless others,” Vicki said. “Wishes are a lighthouse of hope. We must volunteer to give kids the chance to wish, dream, and hope while dealing with significant challenges.”
Vicki’s volunteer experience has been very rewarding. She was surprised by how much joy it brought her to be a part of helping create once-in-a-lifetime memories for these kids.
“Volunteering with Make-A-Wish has become a priority in my life because it makes me a happier person,” she said.
Every wish is memorable to Vicki, but one particular wish experience has resonated with her. A young girl who is nonverbal and usually shows very little emotion wished to have a room makeover. When the girl saw her new room for the first time, her face lit up with joy. She will be able to experience her wish everyday thanks to Make-A-Wish.
“Make-A-Wish is a professional organization filled with kind people who work together to make a child’s wish possible at no cost for the family. Make-A-Wish creates pure goodness, and sometimes it is difficult to find that in the world,” Vicki said.
Wishes cannot be made possible without the support of our volunteers. Vicki reassures that, “If you are hesitant because of concerns about not having time to volunteer, your investment repays with rich dividends. Volunteers get to be part of a team and are surrounded by supportive staff.”
Right now, we have enough children waiting for their wishes to fill more than seven school buses, and we can’t grant their wishes without volunteers. Join the community and join other hearts who want to provide hope by visiting akwa.wish.org/volunteer.