With the health and safety of our wish families as our priority and more than 70% of local wishes involving travel, the effects of the COVID-19 threat have made a direct impact on our mission.
The health and safety of all Make-A-Wish South Carolina constituents, including our wish families and partners, is our priority. At this time, due to current medical and public concerns Make-A-Wish America has made the difficult decision to postpone all wish travel, as well as wish kid participation in all activities and events related to Make-A-Wish that involve large gatherings (e.g. large scale wish granting events, theme parks, etc.) until further notice. Over 1,000 wishes nationwide and 38 wishes through Make-A-Wish South Carolina were immediately impacted with additional wishes being impacted every day.
We will continue to monitor guidance from national and international public health and government organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. State Department, and are working closely with the national Make-A-Wish Medical Advisory Council, keeping the best interest of the children and families we serve at the center of all policy decisions we make.
How You Can Help
Now more than ever, the world needs the hope of a wish come true. We are preparing to resume wishes at an unprecedented pace. More wishes will need to be granted in a shorter span of time than ever before. We do not want any child to unnecessarily wait even a day.
We know that this crisis is impacting many of our supporters as well, but if you're able to make a gift during this critical time, you'll help ensure these kids receive their wish faster. Your help today will make future wishes possible, and – because of provisions in the recently approved COVID-19 stimulus bill - you could see benefits come tax time. Learn more about how the CARES Act impacts charitable giving for 2020.
Make-A-Wish South Carolina knows that the anticipation of a wish-come-true can be a powerful motivator for wish kids to face and overcome the challenges in their way. Create a Message of Hope to inspire wish kids. Simply create a message and share it online with the hashtag #WishesAreWaiting, tag @MakeAWishSC and tag two friends and challenge them to do the same. Your message will help wish kids stay inspired and hopeful.
"We WILL come out of this stronger and more determined than ever before to deliver the amazing wish experiences that our wish kids need and deserve. We WILL need your help, and we know our family of supporters will rise to this challenge with us. TOGETHER, we will get through this." - Misty Farmer, President and CEO
At this time, our Make-A-Wish offices are not open to the public. Our staff is working remotely and can be reached by way of email. Click here for a staff directory. Not sure who to contact? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will direct your inquiry to the appropriate person.
Our organization is currently re-evaluating each of our scheduled events and many have been canceled or postponed. Support of our signature events is vital to helping us propel our mission forward. We hope you will mark your calendars with the new dates and plan to join us at that time. Wishes need you now more than ever.
Polo at the Bluff - NEW DATE September 27, 2020. Full Statement.
Trailblaze Challenge - Spring 2020 Hike POSTPONED. Full Statement.
Wishes in Bloom - NOW VIRTUAL May 17, 2020. Full Statement.