FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Million mile goal is met
More than a million airline miles donated to Make-A-Wish® South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS (March 6, 2018) – A statewide campaign for unused airline miles held March 1 raised more than one million miles for Make-A-Wish® South Dakota, enabling the chapter to grant more travel wishes to kids across the state.
“Thank you to everyone who generously donated their miles during this campaign,” Sue Salter, President and CEO said. “This will save us tens of thousands of dollars in airfare to help make travel wishes come true for kids with critical illnesses.”
More than 70 percent of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish South Dakota require air travel, the largest expense of the chapter’s annual wish budget. Miles from Delta and United airlines can be donated. Once the miles are donated, they never expire and 100 percent of the donated miles stay in South Dakota. Over the last seven years, more than 11 million miles have been donated.
The statewide effort was made possible by KSFY-TV, NewsCenter1, Five Star Call Centers, Midco and The HomeSlice Group.
If you missed the campaign, Make-A-Wish South Dakota can receive miles year-round by calling 800.640.9198 or online at southdakota.wish.org.
“Donating miles is a wonderful way to support the mission of our organization,” Salter said. “We are grateful to the airlines for working with us and for donors across South Dakota and beyond who want to make a difference in the lives of the kids and families we serve.”
For more information about Make-A-Wish South Dakota, visit southdakota.wish.org.
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ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH SOUTH DAKOTA
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with 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. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Make-A-Wish South Dakota granted 72 wishes statewide last fiscal year and has granted more than 1,335 wishes since its founding in 1984. To qualify for a wish a child must be between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 and facing a critical illness. There are more than 80 kids in the process of receiving a wish. For more information about Make-A-Wish South Dakota, visit southdakota.wish.org.