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Paul & Brenda's Story

Wish Granters Donna & MeganJune 2012

Hometown: Harrisburg

About Donna & Megan:  Donna works at Construction Products & Consultants and Megan works in accounting at Midwestern Mechanical.  Donna serves on the Chapter’s statewide Wish Granting Committee.

How long have you been volunteers?
We started volunteering as a family 11 years ago.  

Why do you volunteer for Make-A-Wish?
Donna:    I became a volunteer when my children were young as I wanted them to know volunteering.  This is something we could do as a family.  My son now lives in Oklahoma.  Volunteering with my daughter Megan makes these experiences all the more special to me.  
Megan:  We started volunteering as a family.  My mom and I volunteer for Make-A-Wish® as something rewarding to do together and apart.  

What is the best part of being involved with Make-A-Wish?
Donna:  I enjoy the fundraising and have met many new friends, but truly enjoy the wish granting and getting to know some pretty awesome kids that touch your heart forever.

 I love being a part of making children’s wishes come true.  At any level of volunteering, you can always see how what you are doing positively affects a child’s life.  

Tell us about a memorable wish experience.
Donna:  I can’t.  Each child is so special and unique.

Megan:  There have been so many memorable experiences, that I could not even begin to choose one.  Each child is unique and touches a special place in your heart.  As a child grows, they may not remember me, but I am pretty positive that they will always remember the wish come true that Make-A-Wish and all its’ volunteers made happen.  For me to be a part of that, makes EVERY wish a memorable experience to me.

If you could encourage someone who is thinking about volunteering for Make-A-Wish, what would you tell them?
Donna:  Your heart will never feel warmer than when you go to a wish meeting and that child and family are so excited that you are there for “them” and to help a wish come true for “them”.  These kids and families go through so much and it is very humbling to be able to be a part of putting a Make-A-Wish star in their life!

Megan:  This is an organization where you truly SEE the difference you are making every day in a child’s life.  Whether it is the excitement of a wish to come or the memory of a wish come true, I truly believe that an impact has been made in each Make-A-Wish child’s life.  I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be involved and plan to continue for many years to come.

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

The best part is seeing the smiles on the kids and families faces and knowing that we are helping them. ”

— Paul & Brenda, Wish Granters

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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