This day is also better known as World Wish Day — an international celebration that marks the anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish back in 1980. The wish to a little boy named Chris Greicius.
Since that day, over 350,000 wishes have been granted to children across the world. That roughly equates to a wish granted every 22 minutes somewhere around the world.
World Wish Day has grown into a global recognition of the Make-A-Wish movement. A movement powered by communities just like the ones here in Georgia.
Meet Hope and Faith
For us, World Wish Day means that we’re celebrating more than just our founding day. This World Wish Day, we are honoring Chris’ legacy with the help of our partners, Toys”R”Us by hosting the ninth birthday of Hope and Faith — two local wish kids from Carrollton, Ga.
Like most twins, Hope and Faith share many things, including a diagnosis with a rare genetic disorder that often leads to developmental delays. Despite their condition, Hope and Faith live up to their names by being happy, upbeat and positive.
Another thing that these sisters share in common is that both are eligible for a wish from Make-A-Wish Georgia. Hope has wished to go on an Alaskan cruise. And Faith has wished to have a backyard treehouse.
A Special Birthday Celebration
Hope and Faith, along with their family and friends, have been invited to the Toys”R”Us store in Smyrna for a party complete with arts and crafts, painting, cupcakes and a special surprise. As we celebrate turning 36, we will be helping blow out the candles alongside Hope and Faith.
Surrounded by friends and family, these beautiful girls will have a chance to forget their troubles and just enjoy being kids again. And for us, it’s exactly how we want to celebrate our birthday too!
You can get involved in celebrating this day by joining our efforts to turn the hashtag #AwesomeBirthday viral. On April 29 (World Wish Day), Toys”R”Us is sponsoring a one-day fundraising initiative on social media where your #AwesomeBirthday hashtag will turn into a $1 donation to Make-A-Wish, (up to $25,000)!
You can also follow along with even more action by using the hashtag #WorldWishDay.
On April 29, 1980, Chris Greicius spent the day as an honorary police officer in Phoenix, Ariz. This special experience was made possible by a community of people that cared for Chris and his family.
That experience sparked a fire that still burns bright to this day. Chris’ imagination was an inspiration to a community of people that has spread to communities across the entire world.
Click here to read more about the history of Make-A-Wish and how our organization began.
World Wish Day in 2015
During World Wish Day last year, over 200 wishes were granted in honor of the occasion. There were more than 20 national events around the world that helped to drive unprecedented exposure for the Make-A-Wish mission.
Despite becoming the world’s largest wish granting organization, Make-A-Wish still relies heavily on the local communities to support the wishes in their area.
Supporting Make-A-Wish Georgia helps us to make the wishes of local kids come true and bring this worldwide phenomenon just a little closer to home.
Check out some of the ways that the world celebrated wishes during 2015 by reading this blog article.