One Simple Wish is beginning its second annual wish granting journey. The the New Jersey-based nonprofit that grants simple wishes to foster children and vulnerable families is partnering this year with Hasbro, Inc. to deliver over 3,000 toys and games to foster kids throughout the United States.
“May is National Foster Care Awareness Month and we thought there was no better way to raise awareness than by taking our wish granting program across the country, showing the general public that there are many ways they can support youth in foster care,” said Danielle Gletow, One Simple Wish’s Founder and Executive Director. “There are currently over 400,000 children in the foster care in the US, and our goal is to provide for each and every one of them. And we’re well on our way to that goal having served over 20,000 individuals in its few short years of existence through 350 Community Partners in 36 states.”
Gletow, who was recently named a CNN hero for her work on behalf of foster children, will travel to Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio from May 15-25, where she will deliver the thousands of toys and games donated by Hasbro at events planned with social service partners in those states. The organization hopes to showcase one of its key initiatives: showing the community that anyone can make a difference in the life of a foster child, and that a simple wish granted can have a big and lasting impact.
Through its unique take on giving, One Simple Wish acts as matchmaker, creating a system through which social service agencies and other non-profit organizations providing services to foster children can reach out to the public and ask that a specific need or wish be met for a specific child. With most wishes on the website averaging at just about $50, it allows most anyone to be able to make an impact.
For more information, visit onesimplewish.org.