Next Step…

Next Step…

next step picOnce the wish has been confirmed, it’s New Hope’s turn to make it happen. This may require many hours of research, waiting for responses from celebrities, or raising the funds necessary to meet the request. While waiting, families are welcomed into the NEW HOPE FOR KIDS FAMILY. We want to do more than grant the wish; we want to provide ongoing care and fun opportunities for these children and their siblings. A wish may generate the first sign of hope and belonging in a long time. It’s important that our families become friends with one another and break the customary pattern of isolation that often accompanies serious illness and loss. There are awesome events each year: summer day camp, Mascot Games and Meet & Greet (pictured), Fun Fall Festival, October Bowl-a-thon, Winter Holiday party and other free ticket opportunities. There are also resources available through the Wish Director. Many families ask if there is any way they can give back, and we provide ample volunteer opportunities throughout the year, but the best way is to share their story with others.

The wish is absolutely free and meant to cover all the costs. We do have a budget to consider, but make every effort to be as generous as possible. It is designed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Wishes are as variable as their child is. No two are alike. Sam can wish to go to a horseback riding camp, a trip to the Florida Everglades, or receive a drum set and lessons. It’s up to her own imagination!

Wishes 101

Wishes 101 pic

New Hope for Kids makes every effort to be user-friendly. The Wish Application process is straightforward and simple. Once it has been completed, a visit is scheduled with the Wishes for Kids Director to discuss and make plans to grant the wish. Sam is not yet 19, lives in Central Florida, has never had a wish before and most important, her doctor has verified that she has a life-threatening illness. As long as Sam’s wish is within NHFK Wish Guidelines and financial capabilities, it will be granted. (In the picture, Kayln counts the links in her paper chain that show her how many days she must wait for her Disney cruise.)

The Wish Director is most concerned about hearing Sam’s wish—a place to visit, a person to meet, an experience or a special gift—it’s up to her. Once the wish has been confirmed, it’s time to discuss the best way to make it happen. Timing is wish-driven. For example: Will the wish be a trip to see snow next winter or a beach vacation this summer? A computer system to begin the new school year or a prom dress and graduation accouterments?

Sam’s immediate family is part of her wish; they receive encouragement, too. Siblings are always included in the Wish Celebration and receive a gift basket of their own.