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Dan's Story

Wish Granter DanJune 2011

City:  Rapid City

Occupation:  Realtor

How long have you been a volunteer?
I have been a Make-A-Wish® volunteer for a year and a half.

Why do you volunteer for Make-A-Wish?
I decided to become a wish volunteer because a good friend of mine received a wish a few years ago and I saw how it changed his life.  He loved the outdoors so his wish was a shopping spree at Cabela's.  The items he received from that shopping spree made the last few months of his life a lot more enjoyable for him.

What is the best part of being involved with Make-A-Wish?
The best part of being a volunteer is seeing the children's faces when they experience their wishes.  It gives me goose bumps seeing how happy they are.  They seem to forget about all the bad things that are going on in their lives, and I'm grateful they have that chance.

Tell us about a memorable wish experience.
I helped with a bedroom makeover for  young girl on her eighth birthday.  She arrived back to her home after going to Chuck E. Cheese's with some friends.  She had no idea we were making over he bedroom.  Words can't describe the look on her face when she entered her new room for the first time.

If you could encourage someone who is thinking about volunteering for Make-A-Wish, what would you tell them?
Being a volunteer with Make-A-Wish is an amazing and unforgettable experience.  Not only do I get to help change the lives of children, but I also get to work with other amazing volunteers who help make granting wishes in the Black Hills a great success.

For more information about volunteer opportunities in your area, please contact Kerry Pollema at 605.335.8000 or


Being a volunteer with Make-A-Wish is an amazing and unforgettable experience. ”

— Dan, Wish Granter

Volunteer Contact

Kerry Pollema
Volunteer & Outreach Director
1400 West 17th Street 
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Phone: 605.335.8000 
Fax: 605.335.8002 

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Make-A-Wish® South Dakota
1400 West 17th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 335-8000
Toll Free (800) 640-9198
Make-A-Wish® South Dakota, Black Hills Office
14 Saint Joseph St. Suite 302
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 791-4500
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