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Laurie's Story

Volunteer LaurieNovember 2015
City: Huron

About Laurie:
I’m a Realtor with Ace Realty and my husband Darrin, works for BNSF. We have two wonderful children, Donavon is in the 9th grade and Shealay is in the 5th grade. My family is very involved in our community and school activities. We love to travel, camp, hunt, fish, play and watch sports and anything else we can do together. My passion is my family and how I can guide them to be who they are. I encourage and teach them how to give of themselves. My motto for life is “Pay it forward in any way you can, from the simplest to the most difficult task, find a way to make it count.“

Your connection with Make-A-Wish®? I started out helping with the South Dakota State Dart Tournament. Then I was encouraged to get involved even more as a Wish Granter.

What made you want to start volunteering for Make-A-Wish?
I started out not really knowing what Make-A-Wish was or what it had to offer. Once I started to learn what this great organization was all about I was hooked. I like to volunteer anywhere and any way that I can, because it’s just a great feeling.

How long have you been a volunteers? I think it’s been about nine years I’ve been involved with helping as a volunteer and wish granter.

Why do you volunteer for Make-A-Wish? I have been so impacted by the people I have come in contact with. I have learned to be a better volunteer and person in all the activities I’ve been involved with. I do enjoy seeing their eyes light up when we talk about their wish.

What is the best part of being involved with Make-A-Wish? Meeting the children and their families is so rewarding. Being able to help make wishes come true and all those happy smiles.

Tell us about a memorable wish experience: I walk away from each family meeting with so many experiences and memorable stories. I have a story for every wish child that is heartwarming. I remember the first time I went to meet a wish child that was non-communicative and I kept asking myself, How will I know what their wish is if they can’t talk to me? Well let me tell you that all changed when I got there. It’s not what they say verbally that counts, it’s everything around them that you pick up on. There was so much said and offered in the family with so few words.

If you could encourage someone who is thinking about volunteering for Make-A-Wish, what would you tell them? I encourage friends all the time to get involved. Whatever talent you have or don’t think you have will be found by volunteering for Make-A-Wish. There are so many ways to help out not only by volunteering at an event or wish granting. Maybe it’s getting your company involved in the different programs that are offered. Maybe attending an event, bringing friends to events, there are so many possibilities. It’s such a rewarding feeling making wishes come true.

What would your one true wish be?
My one true wish is to be a good leader in all that I do.

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

Meeting the children and their families is so rewarding. ”

— Laurie, Huron Wish Granter


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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