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12/17/2012:  Making a Wish Come True


You don’t have to blow out candles, shut your eyes tight at 11:11,  or see a shooting star to help make a wish come true.

As the mom of three young kids, it breaks my heart to see any child sick or in need. That is one of the main reasons why I felt so strongly about contributing to the Make-a-Wish Foundation for Bluewater’s Pay it Forward Project.

I thought, “What better way to ‘Pay it Forward’ than to help brighten a day of a young child on the unfortunate receiving end of life-threatening illnesses?”

Following much deliberation and researching our options for giving, we decided to put together ‘Wish Bags‘ for children who have to travel in order to have their wish granted. (Anyone knows traveling with children requires an endless supply of activities to keep them occupied!)

Gathering supplies for our Wish Bags!

After speaking to Annie, the Direct of Volunteer Services at Make-a-Wish Foundation of Minnesota, we were completely inspired and went right to work! We had such a great time brainstorming ideas around making these Wish Bags, and I especially wanted them to include items that I knew my own children would enjoy.

From crayons, puzzles, sticker books, snap bracelets, to notepads and many more fun things, these bags were cool with a capital C!  We even included some yummy goldfish crackers and cookies as well for travel snacks — Presto!

When we were finally finished, we had completed 24 Wish Bags.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to help create these Wish Bags, and I can’t help but think about how much fun the kids will have once they find what’s inside!

You too can help make a child’s wish come true! Learn more about supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation here.

P.S. Watch for more posts about our teams’ Pay It Forward projects!
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About MaKenzie Wangsness
MaKenzie Wangsness

MaKenzie is Bluewater's Digital Marketing Manager. Spending several years in sales and marketing roles at a local franchise level, MaKenzie has a unique appreciation for bringing big brand power to the local level. In her spare time, MaKenzie can be found near good food (in Minneapolis restaurants or her own kitchen!) or spending time with her awesome husband and baby daughter Jovi.

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