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Frequently Asked Questions

About Donating

How can I make a contribution to Make-A-Wish<sup>&reg;<sup/> Mid-South?
Every contribution supports our chapter's ability to grant wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions. We rely on gifts from people like you to make this powerful, joyful and transformative work possible.

How can I help raise funds for wishes?
There are many ways to help fund wishes. Whether you are considering sponsorship of a major event or a student coordinating a class project, our staff will provide you with the information and support you need. Learn more about fundraising options.

What are the sources of funding for Make-A-Wish Mid-South?
Each Make-A-Wish<sup>&reg;<sup> chapter is responsible for raising and managing the funds needed to operate and grant the wishes of children within their territory. Funding for wishes comes from individual contributions, special events, schools, corporate donations and sponsorships, foundation grants, workplace giving programs, bequests and other deferred gifts. Learn more about how our chapter manages our funds. 

Does Make-A-Wish use telemarketing?
Make-A-Wish does not use - or permit others to use on our behalf - telemarketing, door-to-door solicitations, or similar funding approaches.

Is my contribution tax-deductible?
The Make-A-Wish Foundation<sup>&reg;<sup> of the Mid-South is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity. As such, all cash contributions are deductible as allowed by law, as are certain in-kind contributions. Other donations, such as frequent flier miles, are not.

About Making Wishes Come True

Who is eligible to receive a wish?
Any child between the ages 2 1/2 and 18 (at the time of referral) with a physician-certified life-threatening illness or medical condition is eligible for a wish. The child must not have received a wish from Make-A-Wish or another wish-granting organization.

Children do not need to be terminally ill in order to qualify for a wish rather, the child must have a life-threatening medical condition.

What do children wish for?
Wishes reflect a child's heartfelt desire and can range from something grand and complex to something simple and basic. Most wish requests fall into one of four categories:

  • I wish to go: Some Make-A-Wish kids travel to a favorite theme park, while others wish to visit an exotic beach, go on a cruise or attend a major sporting event. 

  • I wish to be: Children search the depths of their imagination when they wish to be someone for a day such as a fireman, ballerina or super hero.

  • I wish to meet: Wish kids have met their favorite athlete, recording artist, movie star, cartoon character or public figure.

  • I wish to have: Children often wish for a special gift, like a computer, play house, shopping spree or something they have wanted for a long time.

    Read more about wishes we have granted recently.

How are wishes fulfilled?
Make-A-Wish volunteer teams work in pairs to coordinate the details of each child's wish. Once a child's medically eligibility is confirmed, wish volunteers visit the family to determine the child's wish. Volunteers ask the child the magic question: "If you could have anything, go anywhere, meet anyone or be anyone, what would you wish for?" Inviting a child to imagine joy in the midst of a difficult time is an important part of the life-affirming and enriching process the wish experience offers.

Does the family contribute towards the wish?
Wish expenses are fully covered by the Make-A-Wish chapter granting the wish. This often includes travel expenses, lodging, meals and even spending money. Our objective is to provide the family with a joyful, worry-free experience. 

About Us

What is Make-A-Wish Mid-South's mission?
Make-A-Wish Mid-South grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

How was Make-A-Wish founded?
Make-A-Wish traces its beginning to one boy's wish. In 1980, seven-year-old Chris Greicius was being treated for leukemia. Every day, he dreamed of becoming a police officer. On April 29, 1980, a caring group of Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) personnel started Chris' day with a tour of the city in a department helicopter, which also flew him to headquarters. Three cruisers and a motorcycle officer greeted him before his meeting with the DPS command staff. There, Chris was sworn in as the first honorary DPS patrolman in state history. On May 1, donned a custom-tailored DPS uniform and took a motorcycle proficiency test so he could earn wings to pin on his uniform. On May 2, Chris was back in the hospital. He asked to arrange his room so he could always see his uniform and motorcycle helmet. A DPS officer presented him with his motorcycle wings. He accepted them with a smile that lit up the room. The following day, Chris passed away, but not before seeing his dream come true and experiencing the hope, strength and joy that came from receiving his wish.

How many wishes has Make-A-Wish Mid-South granted?
our local chapter has granted wishes to more than 4,300 children since its inception in 1986. Annually, the Mid-South Chapter grants wishes to about 215 children.

About Volunteering

What volunteer opportunities are available?
Make-A-Wish depends on the help of volunteers in every aspect of our work. Volunteers are involved in wish granting, fundraising, special events and providing administrative support in our offices. Visit the Volunteer section and for more information on volunteer opportunities.

What type of training do volunteers receive?
Wish granting volunteers undergo extensive training on wish granting procedures, working with sick children and how to handle various situations that could arise during a wish. All volunteers who come into contact with families must undergo a criminal background check.

What is the expected time commitment?
Volunteer commitments vary depending on the role you accept. We make every efforts to match your availability and level of commitment with the needs of your volunteer assignment.

Are volunteers directly involved with wish children and their families?
Wish granting volunteers have the highest level of involvement with children and their families. They make the initial contact with the family, work with the child to determine their heartfelt wish, and coordinate the wish granting details with Make-A-Wish staff. New wish granting volunteers undergo training and are partnered with an experienced volunteer to ensure that they are comfortable during the first meetings with the families.

How do I become a volunteer?
We are so glad you asked! To begin the volunteer process, review our volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in pursuing a volunteer opportunity, please contact us today.

Make-A-Wish® Mid-South
1780 Moriah Woods Blvd.
Suite 10
Memphis, TN 38117
(901) 680-9474
Toll Free (800) 264-9474
Make-A-Wish® Mid-South, Arkansas Office
320 Executive Court
Suite 101
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 376-9474
Toll Free (888) 376-9474
Make-A-Wish® Mid-South, Northwest Arkansas Office
One West Mountain
Suite 108
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 755-4524
Wish Referrals (501) 376-9474