Last year, my mom started talking about Make-A-Wish Hawaii. I wanted to volunteer, but I was too young. I decided to find another way to help.
I know it costs a lot of money to make a wish come true, and I know it would be really hard to be a wish kid and have to wait for a wish! One of my lifetime goals is to raise $100 for a charity. So, I decided to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Hawaii so that a local child could see a wish come true!
My birthday is in January. A couple of weeks beforehand, I decided that I would ask my friends to donate money to Make-A-Wish Hawaii instead of giving me presents. I told my mom about this idea, and she was very excited to help me. She emailed Make-A-Wish Hawaii and they helped me get my very own fundraising page set up online!
I was really nervous at first – would people donate? What if I didn’t raise any money? What would I do then? But I didn’t have to worry for long. Once my friends and family found out, the donations started to come in – I was so excited!
My first goal was to raise the $100 mark since that was my lifetime goal. Once I surpassed that, I decided to increase the goal. I dreamed of reaching $500, but I didn’t know if it would happen. Every day my mom would tell me, "Check your Wish page – you’ll be excited!” I would log on and see the amount of donations increasing. It was really cool! In the end, I surpassed my goal and raised $555 for Hawaii Wish Kids.
Giving up presents for my birthday and asking for donations instead was more rewarding than getting things – because I knew that the gift was that other kids will see their wishes come true. I plan to do this again next year and hope other kids will be inspired to do the same - make wishes come true!