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.