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One Simple Wish

11 Jan

Many organizations offer amazing ways to help, but sometimes the link between the donator and the receiver are lost.  Today’s organization is different because it allows you to directly impact one person’s life.

One Simple Wish aims to brighten the lives of foster children and vulnerable families one simple wish at a time.  The organization educates people about the lives of children in foster care.  They also empower people to make a direct difference by allowing them to grant simple wishes online.  Granting a wish to a child or family in need can change a life, for just a moment or forever.  When you grant a wish, you’re planting a seed, a seed of hope.

One Simple Wish began as an idea of founder, Danielle Gletow, had more than a decade ago.  She thought it would be great to create a service that allowed everyone to see the needs of children and to be able to facilitate the fulfillment of those needs.  In 2006 she became a foster parent and made a decision to focus the organization primarily on the foster child population because it is so underserved and often depicted negatively in the media.  She knew that more people needed to hear these children’s stories and to be given simple, affordable ways to help.

One Simple Wish is based in Trenton, New Jersey, but they serve foster children and vulnerable families in 23 states.  They partner with more than 180 social service and child welfare agencies.  These approved agencies and organizations are able to login to the One Simple Wish website to suggest wishes to be granted.  Wishes typically range from $10 to $100 making it affordable for just about anyone to make a wish come true.

How can you help?

It’s simple, just go to OneSimpleWish.org and click on Grant a Wish to search through the current wishes.  If you find a wish you would like to grant, simply login or register to grant the wish.  In addition, One Simple Wish accepts monetary donations through their website and even has a variety of unique products available for purchase.  You can also visit their website to learn more about additional volunteer opportunities.

In addition to wish granting, One Simple Wish also holds a variety of other events including a Thanksgiving Meal Drive, a Holiday Gift Drive and a Prom Dress Drive that results in hundreds of girls receiving dresses for free or cheap.  In addition, they hold a huge annual event, A Night of 1000 Wishes with performances, awards and a sit down dinner to raise awareness and funds for their cause.  You can learn more about all the programs on their website.

You can learn more about One Simple Wish on their website, onesimplewish.org.  You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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9 Comments

Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Nonprofit Organization

 

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9 responses to “One Simple Wish

  1. wayne

    January 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    What a great charity. I am going to check it out further.

     
  2. Angela

    January 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    This sounds like a good charity. So often folks hesitate to help because they are no exactly sure where their money is really going. Foster children are really special and need to know their place in the world and that they are loved! Most important they need to know there is some one that really cares about what happens to them. It can be really rough going from home to home. Everyone needs a FOREVER home!

    Great post! I shared it on facebook and twitter. I am visiting this post from Thirsty For Comments Thursday. When you get a chance can you hope over to my blog and take a look at my post at Thoughts n’ Such

    Best Wishes!

    Angela

     
  3. doodlebug40

    January 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful idea! I will definitely go check it out.

     
  4. Brandina

    January 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I will definitely be looking into this more! I love the idea of it and being able to choose which wish you help to come true makes it so much more meaningful.

    Would you be interested in doing a guest post on it on my blog and maybe organizing a group thing with our blogs to see what all we can manage to get donated? I’ve never participated in something like that but would love to and I think you may have the skills to help me accomplish such a task.

    Drop me a line and let me know what you think. Oh yeah, this would also be great to link up to the Thirsty for Comments hop which opened tonight :)

     
    • blogunteer

      January 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

      An e-mail is headed your way :)

       
      • Brandina

        January 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

        Thank you. I did receive your email and will be responding soon :) I have a few ideas, but totally see the point you made in your response. It could very quickly become overwhelming :)

         
      • blogunteer

        January 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        Sounds great. I look forward to hearing from you.

         
  5. Brian

    January 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

    What a great idea, and really cool charity! Thanks for sharing this with us!

     
  6. Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom

    January 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful charity! We have something similar here in Charleston and I know that they are working to grant several wishes right now… some large, some small, but all important!

    Also wanted to let you know that the new Thirsty for Comments post is up at http://www.actingbalanced.com/2012/01/thirsty-for-comments-thursday-get-great_18.html

     

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