FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Please contact Sue E. Salter, president and CEO or Kerry Pollema, volunteer and outreach director, for more information.
SIOUX FALLS, February 21, 2018 – For the seventh year,
Make-A-Wish® South Dakota is reaching out to South Dakotans for unused airline miles. This year’s Wishes in Flight campaign is Thursday, March 1. Donated miles enable the chapter to grant travel wishes to kids facing critical illnesses across the state.
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 and United 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 six years more than 10 million miles have been donated, saving the organization thousands of dollars in airfare each year. This year’s goal is at least one million miles.
Watch KSFY-TV or NewsCenter1 March 1 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 whether you wish to donate all miles in your account, or prefer to specify a different amount. If you do not have miles to donate, you can also donate dollars that day. The average airline ticket costs $500.
“A wish transforms the lives of children and gives them renewed energy and strength,” said Sue Salter, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota. “Wishes bring families closer together and give sick children something special to look forward to, allowing kids to feel like “kids” again.”
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, NewsCenter1, Five Star Call Centers and Midco.
Make-A-Wish South Dakota creates life-changing wishes for children facing critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Make-A-Wish serves children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18. Since 1984, Make-A-Wish® South Dakota has granted more than 1,325 wishes. Seventy two wishes were granted last fiscal year and more than 80 kids are in the process of receiving a wish. The average cost of a wish is $7,200. Visit southdakota.wish.org or call 605.335.8000 for more information.