Make-A-Wish wants to spark hope this holiday season with the debut of The Holiday Wish Line, a telephone hotline with messages recorded by wish kids designed to give callers a moment of joy as they navigate the holiday season. From Dec. 4 through Dec. 31, the hotline will give callers a break from everyday stress with messages to inspire togetherness and maintain the festive spirit.
The holidays are often associated with joy and celebration, but they can also bring about a range of stress. Whether it’s holiday travel delays, the rush to find the perfect last-minute gift, or the desire to be closer to friends and family, the holidays come with unique challenges that can be overwhelming for even the biggest holiday lover. But The Holiday Wish Line is just a phone call away.
“Hope is a guiding force for wish kids and their families as they face the unimaginable,” said Leslie Motter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “The instant a child’s hope is realized, they experience a powerful, life-changing joy that nurtures their emotional well-being. The Holiday Wish Line allows anyone, at any time, to receive a dose of hope and joy from our wish kids.”
Six wish kids, who have all battled a critical illness, will provide kid-friendly advice, stories, and funny moments from Dec. 4 through Dec. 31 via the Make-A-Wish hotline at (480) 914-9474. Callers will be asked to select from a series of prompts upon calling the hotline to listen to messages from:
- Jasper, a 5-year-old with chronic respiratory failure from Wrentham, Massachusetts, who wished for a backyard playset;
- Brantley, a 7-year-old from Nevada, Texas, with a heart condition, who wanted to see snow and wished to build a snowman with his family;
- Annabelle, a 9-year-old from Clovis, California, with cystic fibrosis, who wished to skate with her favorite hockey team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights;
- Ava, an 11-year-old from Clive, Iowa, with a heart condition, who learned first-hand what it takes to be a content creator for her wish;
- Fernie, an 11-year-old with cancer from Janesville, California, who, as an avid athlete, wished for a batting cage in his backyard.
- Holin, a 10-year-old from Pensacola, Florida, whose love for music landed her onstage with her favorite singer.
Wishes can serve as an important turning point in the lives of wish kids. Wish alumni, who are many years removed from their wish, say that the wish helped them to not only feel better but also get better. Medical professionals agree that a wish can be a powerful intervention that leads to better health outcomes and quality of life.
Proceeds raised through the holiday season will make it possible for more wish kids like Jasper, Brantley, Annabelle, Ava, Fernie and Holin to experience the long-lasting impact of a wish.
Several Make-A-Wish partners continue to showcase support this holiday season through local wish-granting, consumer promotions, employee engagement, and corporate donations in several sectors nationwide. The list of partners that continue to activiate during the timeframe and to raise much-needed funds includes: Disney, Fanatics, Southwest Airlines, Subaru of America, Black Bear Diner, Duck Donuts, Helzberg Diamonds, IT’SUGAR, JetBlue, JTV, Red Robin, Mt. Olive Pickle Co., Snappy, Sugarwish, Teleflora, United Airlines, WisePies Pizza, among others.
To learn more about the voices of the hotline and how you can help grant more wishes this giving season, visit wish.org/wishline.