In 1985 the Children’s Wish Program was founded as a not-for-profit charity to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses who have not yet reached their 19th birthday nor had a wish granted previously. A life-threatening illness is defined by New Hope for Kids as any illness which will in all likelihood shorten the child’s full life expectancy.
Although the New Hope for Kids Wish Program is not able to cure the life-threatening illnesses of their wish children, it is proud to grant wishes and provide follow-up support in order to lighten the burden for the children and their families and improve the quality of time remaining in the child’s life.
New Hope for Kids Wish program is unique for the following reasons:
Unlike other wish-granting organizations, New Hope for Kids Wish Program is not affiliated with a national organization, but is an independent, locally based charity that focuses on Central Florida children. Occasionally a wish is granted out of state, but 90% or more are granted right here. That means the money that is raised by Central Florida community members goes right back into our economy. New Hope for Kids does not receive funds from State or Federal reimbursement and is not a United Way agency.
Because most of our wish recipients live in the vicinity, New Hope for Kids is able to provide additional services and support beyond the wish itself. We call ourselves the New Hope Kids Family, because we join together for regular activities to have fun, share resources and provide emotional support. These activities are designed to prevent the isolation and sense of hopelessness that often accompanies grief and illness. Families help each other while forming lasting relationships.
New Hope for Kids is able to meet a wide spectrum of needs through wishes and community resources. We follow guidelines, but consider each wish on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the child’s best interests are being met.
When New Hope for Kids grants a wish to a child, it can last a lifetime! We take the wish one step further through attention to special needs, resource information, the New Hope for Kids “family” and nine annual enjoyable events.