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Kids For Wish Kids - Zoe Gives Birthday Away

Hawaii Teen Zoe decided to turn her January birthday into a fundraiser to give the gift of a wish to her peers in need. Read her words below and be inspired by her heart for giving!

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!

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Wish Blog gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the wonderful work happening at Make-A-Wish® Hawaii. See how the wishes of local keiki battling critical illnesses come together and how they change lives forever. Hear directly from those who work or volunteer here, or from those in your neighborhood who have been transformed by a wish in some way. Discover why we are so committed to achieving our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child, every year.

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