More than 70 percent of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish require air travel, the largest expense of the chapter’s annual wish budget. Miles from Delta
Airlines are accepted. Once the miles are donated, they never expire and 100 percent of the donated miles stay in South Dakota. Over the last five years more than 10 million miles have been donated, saving the organization thousands of dollars in airfare each year.
March 2 for more information. Miles will be accepted that day by calling 1.800.640.9198. Miles can also be donated anytime online at southdakota.wish.org
. A minimum donation of 1,000 miles is required for Delta
and 500 miles for United
. To expedite the process, you need to have your account number and know exactly how many miles you would like to donate.
“Wishes are life-changing for the sick kids and families we serve” Paul Krueger, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota said. “Travel wishes give families time to be together where they can focus on being a family, rather than treatment, hospital stays and whatever illness the child is facing. Wishes are much-needed breaks.”
For travel wishes typically the wish child, his or her parents or guardians and immediate siblings living at home are included in the wish. Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, remains the most popular travel destination, Hawaii is second and other wish trips take kids all over the country and even the world.
The statewide effort is made possible by KSFY-TV
, Five Star Call Centers
Make-A-Wish South Dakota was founded in 1984 to grant the wishes of children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception, Make-A-Wish® South Dakota has granted more than 1,240 wishes. Fifty three wishes were granted last fiscal year and more than 50 kids are in the process of receiving a wish. The average cost of a wish is nearly $7,000. Visit southdakota.wish.org
or call 605.335.8000 for more information.