Since then, Brooke has been very involved in community service and fundraising. She has taken it above and beyond in her school to raise money for Make-A-Wish® and we are so lucky to have teens like her out there supporting our organization. This is her second year fundraising for us and she raised $1,131.50 this year alone! Here is a little bit about what she did, from Brooke herself:
“The week of wishes is something that is really important to me. I got the idea from a girl I saw online who did something kind of similar in her school. I thought it would be cool to do this in my school but kind of change it up a bit. I decided that I would have dress up days. These days included School Spirit day, Favorite sports team day, tie dye day, ugly sweater day, and hat day. If a student chose to participate in the dress up day, I asked that they pay a dollar each day they chose to dress up. There were collection cans in the offices of the schools that kids could put their money in. I also put boxes in each office where people could donate to the wish closet. This was my first year having the boxes for the wish closet, I'm hoping that next year the boxes get even more donations.
The reason why I do this fundraiser is because my brother Nathaniel was granted a wish, in 2003 to go to Walt Disney World Resort®. This meant so much to my family. It was the trip of a life time. I want to be able to give back to Make-A-Wish, and all that they did for my family and everybody else that they help out.”
Not only is it great to have young people connected to Make-A-Wish, but it is really great to see the impact we had on a family—enough so that ten years later they still feel it is important to keep in touch and support our mission.
If you are a student and would like to get involved with fundraising for Make-A-Wish in your school, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help get you going in the right direction. And a big thanks goes out to Brooke once again. What a great teen with a generous heart!