These are unprecedented times for us all. The health and safety of all Make-A-Wish constituents, including our wish families and partners, is our priority. To protect the health of wish kids and their families, Make-A-Wish has paused wish-granting that involves travel and gatherings through August 31.
Right now, there are over 5,000 wish kids whose wishes have been delayed because of COVID-19 — and that number grows every day as this crisis continues.
In South Dakota, 14 wish kids whose wish was determined and scheduled had their wishes postponed. On average, Make-A-Wish America grants more than 15,800 wishes per year, and 77 percent of these wishes involve air travel.
We are hard at work, granting the wishes that can be fulfilled at this time and preparing for the many wishes that will need to be granted once we are through this season.
We have seen many community fundraisers have to cancel or postpone their events. The following events have been cancelled as of April 17, 2020:
The following events have been postponed:
Staff have been working remotely from the safety of their homes. The office is closed to public visits until further notice. However, we are all available by email, phone, etc. So please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. A staff directory can be found here.
Now more than ever, hope is essential
. Make-A-Wish is committed to ensuring that no child waits even one unnecessary day to experience the hope and joy that a wish brings. Today, Make-A-Wish is seeking your support to help us in three areas:
- Bring experiences of hope and joy to waiting wish kids who are isolated and vulnerable.
- Prepare now to quickly grant all the wishes that have been waiting due to COVID-19 delays.
- Innovate rapidly to grant wishes in new ways now — and into the future.
We will continue to monitor guidance from national and international public health and government organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. State Department, and are working closely with the national Make-A-Wish Medical Advisory Council, keeping the best interest of the children and families we serve at the center of all policy decisions we make.
The health and safety of our wish families is our priority – and, as always, we remain committed to our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child fighting a critical illness. Your support is as critical as ever because there are more wish kids waiting for wishes than ever before. Your help today will bring hope and joy to wish kids in your community tomorrow. Your gift today will help make every wish come true. Together, we can continue to be a light of hope throughout this time of crisis — and beyond. If you’d like to assist Make-A-Wish South Dakota during this difficult time, please donate to one of our virtual fundraisers today: