We work extra hard here at Kids Wish Network to make each and every wish a special, once-in-a-lifetime experience for our wish kids, from start to finish and beyond. Our Wish Coordinators also take the time to get to know their wish kids – their likes, dislikes, and favorites – so they can create another extra surprise for them: the Gift Box!
The Gift Box is something we take great pride in being able to provide for our wish kids, no matter their age or gender. Using what the Wish Coordinators learn about each kid, we go out into our amazing warehouse showroom and choose lots of gifts from the awesome donations of brand new products our Guardian Angel donors send us. Anything from games and toys, to clothes and accessories are chosen to fill up a box for the wish kid and his/her siblings. (That’s another specialty of ours; we know that often, brothers and sisters of sick children take a back seat to the needs of their ill siblings – a fun gift makes them feel special, too!)
Since I am the Administrative Assistant in the Distribution Department, I have the wonderful chance to help put together these Gift Boxes. It’s a real perk of my job and I have great fun learning about the wish kids from their Coordinators and going through the showroom to choose just the right toys and gifts that are guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of the wish kids and those of their siblings. Sometimes, I even hear back from a wish family about their Gift Box and am humbled to learn how happy the kids were when they dug into the box.
In fact, we just heard back from one wish mom, whose son, Kaden, is going to Disney World for his wish. We just sent out his Gift Box and I took special care to include things that would make Kaden light up, including a Transformers costume based on a character in his favorite movies. Kaden’s mom sent us a picture and a heartwarming note that I just had to share: