What COVID-19 Means for Wishes
Make-A-Wish remains focused on keeping our wish kids and families, community supporters, volunteers and employees safe. In response to COVID-19, Make-A-Wish America has made the difficult decision to postpone wish travel, as well as wish kid participation in all activities and events related to Make-A-Wish that involve large gatherings until further notice. In addition, Make-A-Wish has implemented new wish granting policies designed to continue granting wishes during these challenging times because the hope that comes with a wish is more important now than ever. 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. Make-A-Wish has also established a reemergence task force to ensure we are prepared to resume wish fulfillment at an expedited rate once postponements end. 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.
Right now, we are still granting all the wishes we can, ensuring that every possible wish can come true. Make-A-Wish is committed to continuing to deliver hope to wish kids, as hope is essential. If you’d like to assist our chapter during this difficult time, please visit our Ways to Help page to find out how you can get involved.
What COVID-19 Means for Events and Fundraisers
We have seen many community fundraisers have to cancel or postpone their events. The following events have been cancelled as of July 29, 2020:
- Ride 4A Wish, Watertown
- Country Tractor Run, New Effington
- Hot Harley Nights, Sioux Falls
- Holmes Murphy Golf Tournament, Larchwood, IA
- Jerry Nachtigal Memorial Golf Tournament, Sioux Falls
- Dacotah Bank Golf Tournament, Watertown
- Vermillion/Yankton Auction Event, Vermillion
- On the Road for Wishes Poker Run, Aberdeen
The following events will still take place:
What COVID-19 Means for our Offices
A majority of staff are back in our physical Sioux Falls office Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm and working remotely Fridays. Our Black Hills office is still closed with staff working remotely. At this time, our office doors will remain locked to the public both in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. We are allowing visitors by appointment, deliveries, and stop-by visits to drop off or pick items up. Please contact us at 605-335-8000 or our staff directory can be found here.