Thank You Letters

Make-A-Wish® America

August 14, 2018 

Dear Loren: 

I am writing today to thank you for your organization’s incredible support of Make-A-Wish. To date, the Wheels for Wishes program has generated over $53 million for our enterprise, a financial milestone that translates into thousands of life-changing wishes for children across the United States.

I also want to extend my gratitude to your current board members, Matt Rosenberg, Anne Snow, Lee Orwig and Craig Siiro. Having worked with boards of directors for the majority of my career, I know that it is the tireless work and dedication of these volunteer leaders that makes all the difference for our organizations.

Finally, I would like to thank National Fundraising Management and its owners, Bill Bigley and Randy Heiligman. I had the privilege of touring their facility and was very impressed with their operation. They have become the gold standard in how to run a successful car donation program and I know they have been extremely instrumental in the success of Wheels for Wishes.  

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Car Donation Foundation and Wheels for Wishes program and look forward to granting even more wishes thanks to your ongoing support.

 

In Partnership,

 

David Williams

President & CEO

Make-A-Wish America

Fisher House Foundation

September 14, 2018

 

Car Donation Foundation

Attn: Loren H. Dorshow

 

 

Loren,

 

I just wanted to share with you some of the pictures of the newest Fisher House that we just opened and dedicated with Vehicles For Veterans support. It is just the first of many houses that will bear your organizations name on them. Please share these with your board and anyone else who has help make these generous gifts possible, and so they can see the impact these gifts are helping to provide.

 

The Alaska House is our second Fisher Houses at Joint Base Elmendorf. It is a 16 bedroom house (to go along with the first house that is 8 bedrooms) with a double kitchen, dining room, sitting room, laundry room, and a space for the kids who stay at the house, and allows for up to 28 families nightly (between the 2 houses) a place to stay every night (the complex runs at a 98% occupancy rate through-out the year.)

 

So excited to see how the one in Dayton, Ohio comes out next!

 

Andrew Kayton | Director of Donations | Fisher House Foundation

Operation Homefront

June 7, 2018

 

Car Donation Foundation

Attn: Loren H. Dorshow

5775 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 765

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

Dear Loren,

On behalf of Operation Gratitude and the recipients of our care packages, I thank you for your generous donation of $69,060.98. Your contribution will enable us to send over 250,000 ‘chock full’ Care Packages this year to the tens of thousands of brave men and women still deployed overseas in harsh and remote areas; to their children anxiously awaiting their return; and to New Recruits, Veterans First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Care Givers.

With the help of supporters nationwide since 2003, we have sent more than 2 Million Operation Gratitude Care Packages containing snacks, hygiene products, entertainment and hand-made items, and personal letters from appreciative Americans. These expressions of love and concern from fellow citizens offer our Military & First Responders a much-deserved “Thank You For Your Service” and are always greeted with enthusiasm and great appreciation.

As one Navy Sailor and New York Police Department Officer recently wrote:

                “Every box, every piece of paper, every cloth, every book, every pen, every pencil, every notebook, every brush, every tooth paste, every shower gel , every puzzle, every magazine, every letter, every piece of candy…means a lot to us when we are away from home. It gives us Hope, Confidence, Happiness, Strength & Pride that somebody think about us, that someone is there for us. Thank You all. God Bless America.”

To read all the current letters of thanks from our troops and to see their photos with your Operation Gratitude care packages, please “Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OperationGratitude and “follow” us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/OpGratitude and Instagram: www.instagram.com/opgratitude/.

On December 9, 2017 we celebrated the delivery of our Two Millionth Care Package – all made possible by your support! I hope you’ll visit our Social Media sites to see pictures of the event!

Every single donation we receive furthers our mission of saying “Thank You” to those who serve. Many companies have matching gift programs that will match your donation, or maybe even double or triple it! Please check with your Human Resources/Personnel office to learn if your donation is eligible.

Tank you again for your thoughtfulness and wonderful patriotic spirit. The recipients of your generosity will remember your kindness forever. As a 20-year Marine and the new CEO of this amazing organization, I will always be appreciative of your support and encouragement for Operation Gratitude. You are truly making a difference!

With warm regards,

Kevin M. Schmiegel, CEO

 

Make-A-Wish® North Texas

February  16, 2018

Mr. Loren H. Dorshaw

Car Donation Foundation

5775 Wayzata Blvd Ste 765

St. Louis Park, MN  55416

 

Dear Mr. Dorshaw:

On behalf of all the courageous children we serve, we would like to sincerely thank you for your donation of $20,151.35 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas. Since the inception of the North Texas Chapter in 1982, we have granted over 10,000 wishes and are continually growing each year. Our wish is to someday reach every eligible child in our 161-county area in Texas.

We are very proud of the fact that no medically eligible child has ever been denied a wish request and this is a direct result of your generosity. With the ever-growing number of wish children across North Texas, your donation allows this tradition to continue.

A wish experience can give back what a life-threatening medical condition sometimes takes away-hope, strength and joy. Children are energized by their wish and the moments of magic provided by imagining, describing, planning and anticipating that one true wish are innumerable. The chance to forget about their condition for even a brief moment gives these children the innocence that has been lost in the wake of difficult circumstances. It gives them something to HOPE for. It gives them the STRENGTH needed to get through one more treatment. It gives them JOY that every child deserves. Families and doctors often tell us that a wish can encourage a child to see a future and make recovery a reality.

As one wish child Sam’s parents shared:

“As parents, we are overwhelmed to see the incredible people who so freely dedicate their time and passion to this cause.  Of course, anticipating Sam’s wish was tremendously therapeutic for all of us.  But it’s bigger than that. Being able to take a trip together meant that Sam can be just like any other six-year-old boy. And after what he’s been through, he’s earned the right to be normal for a little while”

Because of your continued generosity, North Texas children will experience the power of a wish®

 

Best “Wishes,”

Scotty Landry

President and CEO

 

Make-A-Wish®
Middle Tennessee

February 8, 2018

Car Donation Foundation

5775 Wayzata Blvd Ste.

765 St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

I would like to thank you for your thoughtful contribution to Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. Your gift of $6,620.54 was received on January 24, 2018 and will help make wishes come true for Middle Tennessee children who face critical illnesses.

For seriously ill children, the wonder and delight of childhood can seem lost in routines of doctors, hospitals, and pain. But we can turn that around, helping children think beyond the experience of illness by bringing their most heartfelt wish to life.

A wish gives children renewed energy and strength, brings families closer together and unites communities. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.

Gabriella is a 6-year-old with Aplastic Anemia. Gabriella’s wish was to go to Walt Disney World Resort.  Support from donors like you made her wish a reality!

There are few experiences more powerful than making a wish come true. Thanks to your support, we are one step closer to creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

 

Sincerely,

Beth Torres

President and CEO

 

Make-A-Wish®
Wyoming

February 7, 2018

Car Donation Foundation

5775 Wayzata Boulevard Suite 765

St. Louis Park, MN  55416

Dear Car Donation Foundation, Natalie is a fourteen-year-old girl from

Wheatland who loves adventure and doesn’t let anything hold her back. She dreams of one day visiting all 50 states and one of her newly conquered frontiers was the state of Hawaii during her wish to go on a Hawaiian cruise.

Even before her trip began, Natalie and her family couldn’t stop smiling on their way to their hotel. She found sea turtles while snorkeling, walked along the beaches and zip lined through the forest. After several years in and out of hospitals Natalie’s wish trip gave her something to look forward to. Her mother described the wish as a “great dream [Natalie] wishes she didn’t have to wake up from.”

Thank you for your donation of $2,779.31 to Make-A-Wish® Wyoming on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

In Wyoming there are currently 33 wishes in progress across the region. It is because of your support and generosity that we are able to make wishes like Natalie’s a reality. Thank you for helping transform lives, one wish at a time.

 

 

Sincerely,

Morgan Legerski CEO

 

Fisher
House Foundation

January  31, 2018

Dear Loren:

 

You are an essential part of making it possible for us to honor and serve our nation’s heroes-and we simply could not fulfill our mission without your support. Thank you for your gift of $96,235.30 to Fisher House Foundation.*

At Fisher House, we believe that a family’s love is good medicine, and recognize the physical and financial challenges faced by many service members, veterans, and their families when traveling for medical care. To date, Fisher House Foundation has saved families over $400 million in lodging and transportation costs, providing them the opportunity to be part of the healing process. With four new Fisher Houses completed in 2017, and work begun on an additional six, we remain committed to serving those who bravely serve our country.

Through your support of Fisher House, you are helping to provide “a home away from home” for countless loved ones-from World War II veterans to young military families-not just tonight, but for decades to come. To hear stories from Fisher House families, visit our website at www.fisherhouse.org.

We are honored to use the gift that you have entrusted to us to deliver impactful results. Thank you for joining us in our mission.

 

Sincerely,

David A. Coker

President

 

Make-A-Wish®
Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana

January 30, 2018

 

Dear Friends of Make-A-Wish,

 

Thank you for your donation to Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana of $32,425.53 in support of our efforts to make local wishes come true.

Your donation helps grant the heartfelt wishes of families like 17 year-old Austin who wished to go to Italy to learn about Italian cooking. His mother shared, “Watching Austin interact with the chefs with such an increased sense of self confidence is something I will treasure forever.  “The impact of a wish and the hope, strength and joy it brings is both powerful and lasting. Your donations make wishes come true.

We look forward to sharing with you the impact of your meaningful gift and assure you that we will be working hard to grant the heartfelt wishes of local children. You can learn more about our organization and see the impact donations like yours make by watching our video at www.okiwish.me/wish_impact or visiting our website at: www.oki.wish.org.

If you have any questions or would like more information please reach out to me at the address below. Thank you for making wishes like Austin’s come true.

 

With gratitude,

Tasha Thomas

Annual Giving Manager,

Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana

 

Make-A-Wish® Suffolk
County

January 29, 2018

Car Donation Foundation Mr. Loren Dorshow

5775 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 765

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

Dear Mr. Dorshow,

 

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses! Thanks to your kind and generous contribution of $11,459.43, which you forwarded on behalf of our car donors, we are able to give children like Ethan the hope, strength and joy that a wish can bring!

You gave…he made a wish…and magic will happen! Thank you for forwarding the kind and generous contribution of $11,459.43. Your support will allow us to continue bringing hope, strength and joy to seriously ill children.

Ethan is a 15 year-old from Melville who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His wish is to go to the Super Bowl LII. Thank you for helping to make his wish come true!

The Suffolk County chapter grants an average of 115 wishes to children each year. Your generosity, combined with the support of others, allows us to transform lives, one wish at a time.

 

Best Wishes,

 

Karine Hollander

President & CEO

 

Wishes
& More®

January 26, 2018

Dear Loren and Friends at Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you for your generous donation of $4,164.73 to Wishes & More. Your support is so important to us. As you know, your contribution helps us to continue carrying out our mission of providing extraordinary experiences for the children we serve.

Thank you again on behalf of all of us at Wishes & More!!

 

Warm regards,

Karla Blomberg

Volunteer President

 

Make-A-Wish®
New Jersey

January 26, 2018

Dear Mr. Dorshow:

Thank you for your support of Make-A-Wish® New Jersey with your gift of $49,871.29 received on 1/24/2018. Your generosity will help children in the Garden State with life-threatening medical conditions experience the life-changing power of a wish.

Children come to Make-A-Wish during what is perhaps one of the most frightening times in their lives. It’s a time when playing, learning, and laughing is all too often replaced with uncertainty. hospital visits, and medical treatments. With one question “If you could have one wish, what would it be?” – we reveal the imaginative possibilities of a wish and empower children to once again imagine and believe.  The wish granting process creates magical moments and memories that the children and their families can cherish.  Ultimately, a wish come true restores hope, renews strength and returns the joys of childhood.

That’s why your gift is so important.

With support from friends like you we have granted the fondest wishes of more than 9,000 children in New Jersey over the last 34 years. We rely on this generosity as we work to grant more wishes with the goal of reaching every medically eligible child in the Garden State.

 

With deepest gratitude,

Buddy O’Donnell

Director of Corporate Alliances 

Make-A-Wish® Arizona

January 24, 2018

Dear Mr. Dorshow:

 

As we begin 2018, your donation will help provide a brighter future for wish kids battling critical illnesses like 17-year-old Marquel.

Battling chronic kidney disease, Marque! receives dialysis several times a week and it’s easy for him to feel trapped. But one thing continues to inspire him through tough times – amazing nature photography.

“I see images of all the incredible places in the world, and I’m inspired to get out there and take my own pictures,” said Marquel, who wished to learn about nature photography in Hawaii.

Marque! enjoyed taking pictures at the beach, learning camera techniques, posing and angles with professional photographers. At the end of the week, Marquel’s photos were even displayed at his own surprise art show!

“This experience helped Marque! see that anything is possible,” says his mom, Natarsha. ” He is going to study art in college and his wish gave him skills that will continue to benefit him in his future. But more than that, now Marque! can see his disease isn’t a hindrance, but a way to let others know that nothing should stop you from achieving your dreams.”

We thank you for Wheels For Wishes gift of $10,071.65 from December 2017 proceeds of vehicle sales which we received on 01/24/2018.

 

Sincerely,

Karny Stefan

Chief Development Officer

Operation Homefront

January 18, 2017

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

On behalf of Operation Homefront and the tens of thousands of military and veteran families we serve, I want to personally thank you for your generous gift of $48,619.38 on December 31 2016.

Your gift helps us fulfill our important mission: to build strong, stable and secure military families so that they may thrive in the communities that they have worked so hard to protect. Our vision is to be the provider of choice for military and veteran families when they have critical short- and long-term needs, and we couldn’t do this without you. Here are some highlights from 2015; we:

  • Increased our emergency assistance grants by 13 percent, allowing us to provide more than $4.8 million in critical short-term help in areas like rent, utilities and home repairs.
  • Provided rent and utility-free transitional housing and assistance to 48 wounded, ill and injured troops and their families at our 3 villages in San Diego, San Antonio and Gaithersburg, Maryland, helping them recover at our nation’s military and veteran hospitals with their families and with community support, and
  • Placed 138 families in mortgage-free homes through our Homes on the Homefront program, providing them with training and support to learn how to be successful homeowners.

You entrust us with your generous gift, and we are committed to using it efficiently and where it is needed most. I am proud to report that in 2015, 92% of Operation Homefront expenses went to programs that provide support to our nation’s military families. We recently received more good news from Charity Navigator, earning their prestigious 4-star rating for the 9th year in a row – an accomplishment only 1 percent of the charities they rate have achieved.

This is what your donation makes possible.

With gratitude,

John I. Pray, Jr.

President & CEO

Brig. Gen. (ret.), USAF

Your continued support and many very generous gifts this year have allowed us to serve those who have done so much to serve all of us – our troops and their families! (Handwritten note at bottom of letter)

 

Make-A-Wish®
Southern Nevada

January 11, 2018

Dear Loren,

 

Thank you for supporting Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada in 2017. Enclosed is an End-of-Year Giving Statement to assist you in preparing your tax return.

The entire Make-A-Wish family appreciates you for taking part in our mission: together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. For our wish kids, having their one true wish granted is more than a life-affirming gift. When a wish comes true, it creates strength, hope, and promotes healing.

It can take tens or even hundreds of people to make a single wish come true. As a financial partner in our wish granting process, you help us to transform lives, one wish at a time.

Thank you again for all that you do for Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada and the children we are privileged to serve.

 

Sincerely,

Caroline Ciocca

President & CEO

 

Wishes
& More®

December 31, 2017

 

Dear Loren,

Thank you for your generous contribution of $7,134.09 to Wishes & More®, and for your loyal support! Your ongoing generosity to our humble Minnesota-based organization is so appreciated and makes you a part of the joy that a wish-come-true brings to the life of a child experiencing a life-threatening illness. Allow me to share Charley’s story with you.

At just 7 years old, endearing Charley underwent a heart transplant. During his recovery, he told Wishes & More that his number one wish was to visit Disney World. Of course, we complied, and Charley’s mother graciously presented us a precious scrapbook full of charming photos from their magical trip. She shared, “From the moment he purchased his ‘Stitch’ hat, it remained on his head throughout his trip!” Grandparents are also affected by how meaningful a wish can be and Charley’s grandmother verified this by sending us a beautiful note telling us she was moved to tears by all that was provided by Wishes & More and she poignantly stated, “Everyone should feel that totally loved, cared for, and blessed at least once in their lifetime.”

We can’t cure the children we serve and we can’t remove the heartache experienced by those that love them, but we can take their cares away for a while. We can make their fondest wish come true and involve their family in the joy of the extraordinary experience. Thank you for being part of our team enabling us to provide these experiences for kids like Charley.

Thanks again on behalf of Charley and his family, and all of us at Wishes & More.

 

Warm regards,

Joelle Gamble, Senior Director of Communications & Development

 

Shriners
Hospitals for Children

December 28, 2017

 

Dear Friends,

 

Thank you for your contribution of $115.43 to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Your generosity has made you a partner with our world-class medical staff in transforming the lives of children, making it possible for our patients to meet challenges and achieve great things. Your donation helps many patients like Lily.

Lily was born with spina bifida. Her family truly appreciates the coordinated care she receives at Shriners Hospital for Children for this complex condition. Her orthopedic doctor is here, as well as the clinicians who fit and customize her back brace and her purple wheelchair. Lily loves to entertain family and friends, singing and dancing in her wheelchair. She is thrilled to be a Patient Ambassador and was excited to appear in a Shriners Hospitals for Children national commercial.

Thank you for helping children like Lily achieve increased mobility and independence. She is just one of thousands of children who benefit from care at Shriners Hospital for a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. We are grateful to donors like you who share our vision and believe in the power of children to overcome and succeed. Indeed, your donation is Love to the Rescue.

 

Sincerely yours,

MJ Miller

Director of Development

Minnesota
Military Family Foundation

December 26, 2017

Thank you for your generous donation of $10,000.00 received on 11/20/2017. Your contribution is a tangible way to say ‘thank you’ to our Minnesota military families for their service and incredible sacrifice.

Without the generous support of companies and people like you, the Minnesota Military Family Foundation would not be in the position to support the families of our military personnel.

Sincerely,

Sue Kennedy

Treasurer, Minnesota Military Family Foundation Federal ID #41-1815585

Make-A-Wish® Suffolk
County

December 22, 2017

Dear Mr. Dorshow,

 

You gave …he made a wish…and magic will happen! Thank you for forwarding the kind and generous contribution of $7,329.39. Your support will allow us to continue bringing hope, strength and joy to seriously ill children.

This donation will help grant the wish of George, a 9 year-old from Westhampton who was diagnosed with Renal Disease. His wish is to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with his family.  Wishes like this are possible thanks to the support of donors like you!

The Suffolk County chapter grants an average of 115 wishes to children each year. Your generosity, combined with the support of others, allows us to bring magic to the lives of local children who are facing life-threatening illnesses.

 

Best Wishes,

Kellie Ryan

Community Relations Manager

Make-A-Wish® Arizona

December 22, 2017

Dear Mr. Dorshow:

 

This holiday season, your donation is helping to grant twice as many wishes for Arizona kids living with critical illnesses.

If you are a new donor or increased the amount of your gift this year, your generous contribution will be matched to help kids like 9-year-old Penelope, who wished to go to New York City during the holidays.

“Penelope fought so hard to be cancer free, and when her cancer came back even more aggressively it was the hardest thing we’ve ever had to go through,” said her mom, Perla. “But her wish changed everything.”

After only seeing New York City in books and movies, Penelope spent a week exploring The Big Apple and visiting landmarks like The Statue of Liberty, Times Square and the Bronx Zoo!

“I have not seen my daughter this happy in a long time,” said Perla. “We are so thankful, and her wish is something she will remember for the rest of her life.”

We thank you for Wheels for Wishes’ gift of $6,751.37 which we received on 12/22/2017.

 

Sincerely,

Elizabeth R. Reich

President & Chief Executive Officer

Wishes
& More®

December 14, 2017

Dear Loren and Friends at Car Donation Foundation,

On behalf of all of us here at Wishes & More®, thank you for your outstanding contribution of $3,448.46 to support our programming for kids struggling with a devastating condition. This month we are sharing Andrew’s story.

“Semper Fi” is generally associated with the US Marine Corp and means “always loyal.” Andrew, a 19-year-old with Lymphoma, had already expressed his loyalty by enlisting in the Marines while still a Senior in high school. He was following the footsteps of his dad and uncles and was devastated when cancer took away that dream.

When we met him, he talked about his strong interest in war history and how much he enjoyed creating digital art and playing video games. Wishes & More combined these interests into a great wish! We not only gave Andrew an Alienware laptop where he could play videos and design art, the presentation was an extra special surprise.

We invited him to a local video arcade to pick up his computer. He had no idea that the presentation was going to come from a group of active Marines who not only gave him this special gift, each one of them told him about a special battle involving the Marines and American war history. It didn’t end there, these military heroes spent the rest of the afternoon gaming with him at the arcade!

Andrew lost his battle with cancer in March, but we are infinitely grateful to members of the Marine Wing Support Squadron 471 for their support for going above and beyond duty for this young man. He didn’t technically “earn it” but he certainly deserved it: our virtual, 21-gun salute!

Thanks again on behalf of Andrew’s family, and all of us at Wishes & More.

 

Warm regards,

Karla Blomberg

Volunteer President

Batson
Children's Hospital

December 13, 2017

Dear Mr. Dorshow:

We gratefully accept Car Donation Foundation’s gift of $1,795.76 for Batson Children’s Hospital. With this gift, you help make possible a future where all Mississippi children can grow up and reach their full potential.

For nearly five decades, Children’s of Mississippi has been the only hospital in our state just for children. The volume of patients treated and the stories of lives touched and healed, speak to the commitment and passion of those who work within the hospital. Through your generosity, you become our partner in meeting the needs of Mississippi’s children.

Itis an honor to have your confidence and support.

 

Best Regards,

Natalie S. Hutto, CPA, JD Chief Development Officer

Shriners
Hospitals for Children

December 1, 2017

Car Donation Foundation 5775 Wayzata Blvd

Suite 765

Minneapolis, MN 55416-1222

 

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your contribution of $74.61 to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Your generosity has made you a partner with our world-class medical staff in transforming the lives of children, making it possible for our patients to meet challenges and achieve great things. Your donation helps many patients like Lily.

Lily was born with spina bifida. Her family truly appreciates the coordinated care she receives at Shriners Hospital for Children for this complex condition. Her orthopedic doctor is here, as well as the clinicians who fit and customize her back brace and her purple wheelchair. Lily loves to entertain family and friends, singing and dancing in her wheelchair. She is thrilled to be a Patient Ambassador and was excited to appear in a Shriners Hospitals for Children national commercial.

Thank you for helping children like Lily achieve increased mobility and independence.  She is just one of thousands of children who benefit from care at Shriners Hospital for a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. We are grateful to donors like you who share our vision and believe in the power of children to overcome and succeed. Indeed, your donation is Love to the Rescue.

It would be a great pleasure to give you a tour of the hospital so you can see for yourself the care we provide. Please contact me (801.536.3567 or mimiller@shrinenet.org) if you would like to visit or if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely yours,

MJ Miller

Director of Development

Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada

November 28, 2017

Car Donation Foundation dba Wheels For Wishes Attn: Loren Dorshow

5775 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 765 St. Louis Park, MN  55416

Dear Loren,

I am delighted to accept your gift of $9,473.57. Your generosity strengthens our mission and transforms the lives of children in Northeastern California and Northern Nevada battling a life­ threatening medical condition.

When a wish is granted, it impacts the life of not only the wish child, but his or her entire family as well. Damian has an inherited blood disorder that causes little to no hemoglobin in the red blood cells. Because of this, Damian receives blood transfusion therapy every three weeks.

When given the opportunity to choose a special wish, Damian knew his most heartfelt wish was to go to Disney World. At Disney World, he envisioned meeting many characters like Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, and Peter Pan. He imagined sleeping in a hotel, swimming at the pool, meeting the superheroes he loves, and enjoying all of the rides, “but not the fast ones” he said. Damian was thrilled to have his wish granted and see everything he adores come to life!

“Damian had a great time. His favorite part of the wish was getting to fly on an airplane and meeting his favorite characters. He is doing really well now, it was wonderful.” -Samrane, Damian’s father.

For children like Damian, a wish uncovers a lasting hope that moves them beyond their medical condition and into a life of promise and possibility. Thank you for transforming lives, one wish child at a time.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer A. Solo

Chief Executive Officer

Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York

Monday, November 27, 2017

Car Donation Foundation

575 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 765 St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

Dear Friends:

You know that your donation of $12,620.77 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Metro New York and Western New York will help grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human spirit with hope, strength and joy. Did you also know that wish experiences can be game-changers for critically ill kids?

In the words of one social worker who refers children to Make-A-Wish, “A wish heals the spirit it heals them throughout their journey …gives them hope that things can be better at some point, that life goes on beyond hospital walls and diagnostics.  “

Wishes are more than gifts or single moments in time. They impact everyone involved volunteers, medical professionals and valued partners like you. For wish kids, just the experience of their wish­ come-true can give them the courage to follow through with medical treatments, and they and their parents can enjoy a renewed sense of hope.

To share in the moments you’re making possible, learn about local activities and more, please visit metrony.wish.org.

Your compassion and generosity mean a lot to us.  Thank you for making a difference and helping us to be here for every eligible child.

 

Best wishes,

Julia Masucci

Director, Donor Care & Executive Administration

Make-A-Wish® Arizona

November 22, 2017

 

As the weather grows colder, your donation will continue to warm the hearts of many wish kids and their families living with critical illnesses his holiday season.

Kids like 10-year-old Joseph, whose wish to visit Alaska helped him defeat his cancer.

Joseph, who has endured surgery to remove three brain tumors, needed to relearn to walk while receiving difficult chemotherapy treatments. His wish to see the Northern Lights gave him something to look forward to and a reason to fight.

“Did my wish help me while I was in the hospital? Capital Y­ E-S!” says Joseph.

Now cancer-free, Joseph not only saw the Northern Lights during his wish, but also had the chance to visit Santa Claus’ workshop and to try dog sledding for the first time.

We thank you for Wheels for Wishes’ gift of $10,211.92, through the October vehicle sales proceeds, which, we received on 11/20/2017.

 

Elizabeth R. Reich

President & Chief Executive Officer

Make-A-Wish® Suffolk County

November 21, 2017

 

Dear Mr. Dorshow,

 

You gave… he made a wish… and magic will happen! Thank you for forwarding the kind and generous contribution of $5,598.45. Your support will allow us to continue bringing hope, strength and joy to seriously ill children.

This donation will help grant the wish of George, a 9 year-old from Westhampton who was diagnosed with Renal Disease. His wish is to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with his family. Wishes like this are possible thanks to the support of donors like you!

The Suffolk County chapter grants an average of 115 wishes to children each year.  Your generosity, combined with the support of others, allows us to bring magic to the lives of local children who are facing life-threatening illnesses.

 

Best Wishes,

Kellie Ryan

Community Relations Manager

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia

November 21, 2017

Dear Mr. Dorshow:

 

On behalf of Make-A-Wish, I want to thank you for forwarding additional proceeds from the Wheels for Wishes Campaign. Today, we received $13,654.80 (check #6544), for the Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia chapter. As required by the Internal Revenue Service, we confirm that you received no goods or services in exchange for your contribution.

We are very grateful for your generosity as we continue to reach children living with critical illnesses and offer them a chance to have their fondest wish come true. One of these children is six-year-old Elizabeth who is a big fan of the Disney princesses. She asked if she could meet these princesses in Disney World, and of course we were happy to fulfill her magical wish.

Elizabeth and her family traveled to sunny Florida with an itinerary packed full of fun. While there, she and her family stayed at Give Kids the World Village, a beautiful resort designed especially for sick kids. Located just outside the Disney complex, the spacious villas are surrounded by a fishing pond, play areas, a wheelchair accessible swimming pool, a gingerbread house restaurant and a golden carousel.

Elizabeth received all sorts of wonderful amenities at Disney World including breakfast with the Disney characters, park-hopper tickets, and a special pass that allowed her to advance to the front of the line for her favorite rides. She was thrilled when she finally met Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle. Her family was especially thrilled because it had been a very long time since they had seen her so happy, seemingly without a care in the world.

The effects of a wish experience last so much longer than the wish itself. The ripples of joy, strength, hope and determination follow these amazing children throughout their whole lives. We are very happy to have a hand in their future and remain most grateful to our generous donors.

 

Sincerely,

Judith Stone

President and CEO

Make-A-Wish® Texas
Gulf Coast & Louisiana

November 20, 2017

Dear Friends:

 

On behalf of Make-A-Wish® and the children we serve, thank you for your generous donation of $2,185.70! This donation will enable our organization to fulfill the hopes and dreams of some very special children.

It is the heartfelt efforts of donors and volunteers that enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to create amazing wish experiences filled with hope, strength, and joy. The contributions of caring individuals, like you, will provide our Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana chapter with the resources to grant wishes to more than 500 kids in our community this year.

Your contribution is more than just a gift. For these special kids, it’s a chance to forget about being sick. To remember that anything is possible. To keep making plans for the future. Itis the gift of hope. And for our wish kids, it is the most powerful gift in the world.

I hope you will consider joining us at an upcoming meeting, so you can see first-hand how your support is touching the lives of our wish kids and their families. Please let me know if you would like to attend one of our meetings, have any questions, or if you want to know more about other opportunities to make a big difference.

When you help grant wishes, you may find your own life as greatly enriched as the families whose lives are changed forever with precious memories that last a lifetime. Thank you for helping us share the power of a wish®.

 

Warmest wishes,

Amanda Mewborn

Senior Director of Development

Phoenix Children's Hospital

November 10,2017

Mr. Loren H. Dorshow

Car Donation Foundation

5775 Wayzata Blvd, Ste 700 St Louis Park, MN 55416

 

Dear Mr. Dorshow:

 

Kids should only have to worry about things like picking dodgeball teams, or which friends to invite to birthday parties. But life isn’t that simple.

The kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital are dealing with ‘adult-sized’ situations. A hospital is the last place a kid wants to be – but when a child needs medical care, parents want the very best. Here, we treat more than 160,000 patients every year, because children have vastly different needs than adults.

Please accept our gratitude for Car Donation Foundation’s donation of $896.00. Generous donors such as you ensure our staff is better equipped with the expertise, cutting edge technology and equipment they need to save countless lives. Jemma is just one of many patients thankful for how a gift like yours made a difference in her life.

Not long after she was born, Jemma had difficulty breathing and was rushed to the emergency room. A pediatric cardiologist gave her family hard news – Jemma was born with just half of her tiny newborn heart.

A series of open heart surgeries was her only hope for survival. Prior to her first operation, several images were taken of Jemma’s heart. Expert physicians used 30 printing technology and constructed a model of her tiny heart they could hold and explore. This emerging technology, funded by philanthropy, enabled Jemma’s physicians to become familiar with her physiology before ever stepping foot into the operating room. Prior to her first surgery, Jemma’s surgeons could show her family exactly what was wrong and how they were going to fix it.

Today, Jemma is the fastest swimmer in her family. Stories like hers showcase the real impact of donations made by donors like you. Thank you for your generous investment.

 

Sincerely,

Steven S. Schnall

 

Senior Vice President

Chief Development Officer

Veterans Airlift Command

January 18, 2017

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you for your generous contribution of in support of the mission of the Veterans Airlift Command. This letter will serve as your tax record for the contribution(s) received during 2016 in the amount of $91,568.40. No good or services were exchanged for this consideration.

We appreciate you. As do those we serve.

Please feel free to follow us on Facebook (see Veterans Airlift Command) for news and updates on our work.

Kind Regards,

Walter Fricke

AirBoss

Operation Homefront

January 17, 2018

 

Dear Loren,

 

On behalf of Operation Homefront and the tens of thousands of military and veteran families we serve, I want to personally thank you for your generous gift of $74,818.64 on December 26, 2017.

Your gift helps us fulfill our important mission: to build strong, stable and secure military families, so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Our vision is to be the provider of choice for short-term and critical assistance, long term stability, and recurring support programs for military families, and we couldn’t do this without you. Here are some highlights from 2016:

  • We were able to provide more than 2,100 military families with more than $3.7 million in critical short-term help in areas like rent, utilities and home repairs;
  • We provided rent and utility-free transitional housing and assistance to 108 wounded, ill and injured troops and their families at our 3 villages in San Diego, San Antonio and Gaithersburg, Maryland, helping them recover at our nation’s military and veteran hospitals with their families and with community support;
  • We placed 121 families in mortgage-free homes through our Homes on the Homefront program, providing them with training and support to learn how to be successful home owners.

You have entrusted us with your generous gift, and we are committed to using it efficiently and where it is needed most. I am proud to report that in 2016, 92% of Operation Homefront expenses went to programs that provide support to our nation’s military families. We also received the prestigious 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the 10th year in a row – an accomplishment only 1 percent of the charities they rate have achieved.

This is what your donation makes possible.

 

 

With gratitude,

John I. Pray, Jr.

President and CEO Brig. Gen. (ret.), USAF

Veterans Airlift Command

January 9, 2017

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Happy New Year! Your contributions at the end of 2016 was a very much appreciated surprise. Since you began supporting our organization last summer you have become the largest MN contributor to our mission in 2016.

While we are based in MN, we operate nationwide and have not had the benefit of a strong, local MN based financial supporter. You contribution in December supports our ongoing operation in all the states from which the support was derived. We provide air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded for medical and other compassionate purposes in all 50 states.

We could not be more pleased than to have a MN foundation recognize and support our work around the country.

Thank you for your confidence and continued encouragement.

We appreciate you… as do those we serve.

Kind Regards,

Walt Fricke

AirBoss/Chairman/ Founder

Homes For Our Troops

December 28, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you for your generous gift of $26,806.50 in support of fundraising efforts by Car Donation Foundation.

Thanks to donors like you, Homes For Our Troops has been able to provide mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for over 225 of our nation’s most severely injured Veterans. These homes allow our Veterans to live independently and empower them to return to school, start careers, expand their families, and serve their communities.

A top-rated military and Veterans nonprofit organization, Homes For Our Troops is privately funded, and therefore relies on the generosity of donors like you. Your gift will be used as intended, as nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to our programs for Veterans since 2004.

I am always available to answer any questions you may have about our reputable charity and the Veterans we serve. Don’t hesitate to call me at 508-823-3300 x355 or contact me by email at blyons@hfotusa.org.

On behalf of HFOT, our Veterans and their families, thank you for helping us “Build Homes and Rebuild Lives.”

Sincerely,

William D. Ivey

Executive Director

CDF, thank you for your exceptionally generous support of our Veterans. You are making a significant and lasting difference. We will finish a home up in Moorhead this spring. Have a great 2017! – Bill (handwritten note at bottom)

Date received: 12/16/2016

Of the amount donated, $26,806.50 is deductible for tax purposes.

Homes For Our Troops, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. No tangible goods or services were provided by Homes For Our Troops, Inc. in return for this tax deductible contribution. This contribution does not confer an impermissible private benefit on, and is not in satisfaction of a pledge or other personal financial obligation on behalf of any individual or entity connected with Homes For Our Troops or otherwise, and this contribution will not be used for political activity or lobbying purposes.

Semper Fi Fund - America’s Fund

Dec. 13, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you for Car Donation Foundation’s generous donation of $24,050.29 on Dec. 13, 2016. We are deeply grateful for your support in our mission to serve those who preserve our freedom. We will distribute the funds to our programs in each State in the amounts you have listed.

From now through the end of the year, your donation will have double the impact on our service members and their families, as the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has generously pledged to match all donation – up to $10 million – for gifts received between November1-December 31, 2016.

Your donation represents so much: it’s the smile on the face of a service member with an adaptive vehicle who can now enjoy new independence; the healing tough of a caregiver who can now be at the bedside od a service member without having to worry about list wages; the military couple who is now receiving the counseling needed to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder; and the service member who now has welcome relief from crippling migraines due to traumatic brain injury. So many lives will be changed and saved by your support. You are helping the Semper Fi Fund continue our commitment of caring for those injured or critically ill in the service to their nation, ensuring they are never alone or forgotten.

Again, thank you for your thoughtful gift. It will help us to work one-on-one with our nation’s wounded, critically ill and injured service members, veterans and their families to support their individual needs right now, and if necessary, throughout their lifetimes.

Wishing you Joy and Peace this holiday season and a very Happy New Year.

Warmest regards,

Karen Guenther

President, Executive Director and Founder

Bob Woodruff Foundation

December 9, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

On behalf of the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), thank you for your generous contribution of $24,050.28 on December 2, 2016.

No goods or services were provided for this donation.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans. To Date, BWF was invested more than $33 million to find, fund and shape programs that have empowered more than 2.5 million impacted veterans, service members and their families. For more information, please visit bobwoodrufffoundadation.org or follow us on Twitter at @Stand4Heroes.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, please visit bobwoodrufffoundadation.org.

Sincerely,

Anne Marie Dougherty

Executive Director

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

Nov. 29, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

On behalf of the children entrusted to Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital for special care, thank you and the Car Donation Foundation for your generous contribution of $36,018.00.

Your gift will benefit the children we serve through programs designed to maximize their health and independence and give them the highest quality of life possible. The specialty and rehabilitative care we provide is critical to our young patients, whether they are here as premature infants with a goal of growing and developing so they can go home, or recovering from an accident or surgery, or seeking to learn to navigate their world in the face of challenges with which they were born.

We are entrusted with the care of more than 7,500 children each year through our inpatient services and outpatient clinics. With the help of your gift, these children can look forward to healthier, more independent lives.

Thank you again for your generosity.

Sincerely,

Jill Feinberg

Vice President, Development and External Affair

Fisher House Foundation Inc.

November 2, 2016

Dear Friends:

With your support, the doors to Fisher House are opened to nearly 900 families tonight. In our 26th year of service, Fisher House continues to provide and expand free temporary lodging to military and veterans’ families so they can be close to their loved ones during hospitalization.

Through the kindness of supporters like you, our mission of providing “a home away from home” continues to grow. Service members, veterans, and their families have been welcomed through the doors of over 65 Fisher Houses across the nation and overseas.

Please know we are very grateful for your gift of $26,806.50. Thank you for helping us continue our mission to reach more military families during difficult times. We look forward to sharing the Fisher House story with you as we continue to keep Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher’s dream alive for those who, with their families, serve and have served our Nation.

Sincerely,

David A. Coker

President

Batson Children’s Hospital - Children’s of Mississippi

Sep. 29, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation:

We gratefully accept Car Donation Foundation’s gift of $8,269.43 for Batson Children’s Hospital. With this gift, you help make possible a future where all Mississippi children can grow up and reach their full potential.

For nearly five decades, Children’s of Mississippi has been the only hospital in our state just for children. The volume of patients treated and te stories of lives touched and healed, speak to the commitment and passion of those who work within the hospital. Through your generosity, you become our partner in meeting the needs of Mississippi’s children.

It is an honor to have your confidence and support.

Best Regards,

Travis L. Bradburn

Chief Development Officer

Stamford Hospital Foundation

July 19, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of all the member of the Stamford community. Car Donation Foundation’s gift of $51,393.98 will continue to sustain the overall excellence of the pediatric programs and services available throughout Stamford Health.

Children’s comfort and care are our top priorities. Because of gifts like yours, we are able to help children get well and stay healthy with special programs and services, such as:

  • A special kids’ menu with child-friendly foods for your young patients who need to stay
  • A visiting cart with video games and DVDs
  • A Concussion Center which draws on our expertise in orthopedics, sports medicine, integrative medicine and neuroscience to address the needs of both adult and pediatric patients
  • Our NICU Infant Clinical Evaluation Program
  • Kids’ Fitness and Nutrition Services (KIDS’ FANS), a community-wide collaborative program, sponsored by Stamford Hospital, designed to promote smart eating, physical activity, and a healthy weight among our children

We are grateful for your investment in your hospital and in our community. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Belinda Foster

Director, Operations & Development

Intermountain Foundation Primary Children’s Hospital

May 20, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you or Car Donation Foundation’s recent contribution of $8,440.88 to Intermountain Healthcare Foundation in recognition of the good work being done for children in our area at Primary Children’s Hospital. We are truly grateful for your generosity!

Every decision we make at Primary Children’s Hospital is guided by our adherence to the simple, yet powerful, philosophy of “The Child First and Always.” Since our humble beginnings in 1922 we have grown into a full service 289- bed facility with only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center serving children with acute and chronic medical needs in the Intermountain West. Ranked among one of the top children’s hospitals in the country and with a service area that encompasses over 400,000 square miles. Primary Children’s Hospital provides care for a greater geographic area than any other children’s hospital in the United States. We provide care to all children who come through our doors regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay.

We welcome the opportunity to get acquainted with you and discuss ways that Car Donation Foundation would like to be engaged with us in the future. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information. My contact information is listed below.

On behalf of the staff, families and especially the children we serve, thank you for your meaningful gift. It is friends like you who help Primary Children’s maintain our mission to keep “The Child First and Always.”

Sincerely,

Janet DeWolfe, FAHP, CFRE

Regional Chief Development Officer

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation

May 5, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation:

Your donation matters. This year more than 150,000 children will be living proof of that.

More than 2,500 of them will be brought to our Trauma Center, many with life-threating injuries. Some patients will need ongoing treatment for chronic diseases, while more than 300 of them will learn they have cancer. More than 16,500 will need surgery, and another 85,000 will come through the doors of our Emergency Department. Some patients will need a life-saving transplant. Others may need life-changing treatment of therapy.

Every patient has a different story. What they all have in common is that they get world-class care at Phoenix Children’s, and you help make the possible. Thank you for Car Donation Foundation’s generous gift of $52,233.17.

Would-class care means having physicians who specialize in even the rarest of diseases. It means having the most up-to-date technology, participates in innovative research the helps us find answers, and leading the way when it comes to treatment of hundreds of diseases, disorders and injuries. These are just some of the ways donations to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation help our patients- ways you have helped a child.

But children also have unique needs. That’s why our staff is dedicated solely to children, and why we offer the services that make their stay here easier; a school, our Child Life Zone, pet therapy, a family health library, camps, and child life philanthropy, and more reasons why your donation maters.

We couldn’t do what we do without you. Our patients deserve the very best. We wouldn’t have it any other way, and we know you wouldn’t either. For that we are sincerely grateful.

Sincerely,

Steven S. Schnall

Senior Vice President

Chief Development Officer

P.S. We received the Car Donation Foundation’s donation of $52,233.17 on 5/4/2016.

Make-A-Wish® Illinois

April 27, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

On behalf of all of us at Make-A-Wish® Illinois, I would like to thank Car Donation Foundation for your generous support to help make the wishes of courageous Illinois children come true. Your part in our mission is essential; together with you we have granted wishes to over 13,000 children with life-threatening conditions since 1985 – providing hope, strength and joy to deserving kids like Alexander.

When Alexander saw his new playset, he stopped in his tracks and stared up in wonder. With three swings, a climbing wall, picnic table, clubhouse and most important a curvy, yellow slide, this was a six-year-old boy’s dream. It didn’t take Alexander long to climb tall and proud to the top of his new fortress.

In July 2014 Alexander was diagnosed with leukemia, but this hasn’t stopped his desire to play outside. Alexander can commonly be found running around and playing games in his backyard, surrounded by his beloved family and friends. When asked about his one true wish, Alexander shared his hoped for his own magnificent playhouse – a perfect match for this active boy.

Last winter, despite the cold, local volunteers quickly came together to build the playset of Alexander’s dreams. And once it was done, Alexander got another surprise – a picnic with his family and friends to run, slide and swing.

For Alexander, his wish provided more than good memories of a joyful day. His playset continues to be a magical place, a temporary escape, and a reminder that no matter what hardships lie ahead he is always kind of his fort.

The ability to make these special wishes come true is only possible because of your generous support. With you by our side, we are entering into our 30th year of wish-granting in Illinois – and as we look to the years ahead, our vision has never been clearer: reaching every medically eligible child with a wish. We are so grateful for your support and we hope you will continue partnering with us as we Reach the Stars.

Very truly yours,

Stephanie Springs

Chief Executive Officer

Gift Description           Gift Date           Gift Amount   

Vehicle Donation         4/21/2016        $50,126.42

Make-A-Wish® Iowa

April 26, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thanks to you, Make-A-Wish® Iowa grants a wish almost every other day! Your gift of $4,734.54 received on 4/25/2016 has helped to grant over 3,000 wishes!

Your generosity ensures that our mission continues to grant the wishes of Iowa children with life threatening medical conditions.

Your compassion provides children with hope when they need it most, strength to face lives toughest challenges and joy when they experience their magical wish!

On behalf of Make-A-Wish® Iowa and the children we proudly serve, thanks for making wishes come true.

Best wishes,

Chris Voggesser Rachel Reams

CEO and President Director of Operations

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa

Share the Power of a Wish®

CDF,

Thank you for a continued partnership. These donations every month really help our kids!

Chris

Make-A-Wish® Suffolk County

April 22, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

You gave…she made a wish…and magic will happen! Thank you for forwarding the kind and generous contribution of $5,046.63. This contribution will help us to continue bringing hope, strength and joy to seriously ill children.

This donation will help grant the wish of Kael, age 12, from West Babylon, who has Sickle Cell Disease. Her wish is to go to the Camelback Mountain Resort with her family. Wishes like this are possible thanks to the support of donors like you!

The Suffolk County chapter grants an average of 120 wishes to children each year. Your generosity, combined with the support of others, allows us to bring magic to the lives of local children who are facing life-threatening illnesses.

Best Wishes,

Karine Hollander

President & CEO

Make-A-Wish® South Carolina

April 7, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

The magic created through wishes is only made possible through the support of friends like you who have joined our mission. On behalf of Make-A-Wish South Carolina and the children we are privileged to serve, it gives me great pleasure to thank you for your truly generous gift. We are so pleased that you are part of the Make-A-Wish Family and extremely grateful for your dedication to our inspiring wish children.

This year many children in South Carolina will be diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Your support will help to ensure that we are able to fulfill the wishes of our extraordinary wish children in the year ahead.

Please know that we are appreciative of your generosity and thoughtfulness. It is because of your commitment to these children that we are able to bring moments of wonder, magic, and laughter to so many families in need. Together, we can aspire to achieve our ultimate vision – to provide empowering, spirit-lifting experiences for every eligible South Carolina child.

Most sincerely,

Bill Tiller

President/CEO

Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana

March 29, 2016

Dear Friends:

On behalf of Make-A-Wish® and the children we serve, thank you for your generous donation of $15,201.05! This donation will enable our organization to fulfill the hopes and dreams of some very special children.

It is the heartfelt efforts of donors and volunteers that enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to create amazing wish experiences filled with hope, strength and joy. The contributions of caring individuals, like you, will provide our Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana chapter with the resources to grant wishes to more than 500 kids in our community this year.

Your contribution is more than just a gift. For these special kids, it’s a chance to forget about being sick. To remember that anything is possible. To keep making plans for the future. It is the gift of hope. And for our wish kids, it is the most powerful gift in the world.

I hope you will consider joining us at an upcoming meeting, so you can see first-hand how your support is touching the lives of our wish kids and their families. Please let me know if you would like to attend one of our meetings, have any questions, or if you want to know more about other opportunities to make a big difference.

When you help grant wishes, you may find your own life as greatly enriched as the families whose lives are changed forever with precious memories that last a lifetime. Thank you for helping us share the power of a wish®.

Warmest wishes,

Kelli Sarmiento

Director of Development

DAV of Minnesota

February 26, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation:

I want to say a sincere “Thank You” on behalf of the DAV of Minnesota Foundation! A generous gift of $8,858.64 has been made to the Disabled American Veterans Foundation and is truly appreciated. This contribution will be used in our Veteran Service Programs to provide assistance to Disabled American Veterans and their families. You can take special pride in knowing that this donation will be listed in our Annual Foundation Report.

We also acknowledge that the DAV Foundation did not provide the donor any good or services for this contribution.

Sincerely,

Stephen Whitehead, Executive Director

DAV of MN Foundation

Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dear Friends:

Thank you for partnering with us to make wishes come true!

We’re very grateful for your gift of $3,358.26 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York. Your donation will help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human spirit with hope, strength and joy.

The impact of your support is seen in the smiles on wish children’s faces as their greatest dreams come true, and held within their hearts for a lifetime.

As one wish parent expressed, “Often, the emotional effect of illness is far greater than the physical or medical aspect. You are involved in strengthening children who are not well, one of the greatest accomplishments possible…the gift of life.”

You can share in the magic you’ve helped create by visiting wny.wish.org and enjoying the inspirational stories of local wish children and their families.

Again, thank you for your life-affirming support.

Best wishes,

Mary Jones

Regional Director, Development

Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York

Loren Dorshow

Thank you for helping make wishes come true for children and teenagers with critical illnesses in the 518 and 838 area codes!

Your recent gift of $4,436 to support Wheels for Wishes directly helps us to grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions each year, like Evelyn. Though Evelyn suffers from a nervous system disease and is non-verbal, she is a vibrant 11-year-old with a passion for movies (especially Frozen)!

Thanks to wonderful donors like you, Evelyn’s wish to visit Walt Disney World® Resort came true and she was able to meet all of her favorite characters from Frozen! Because of her love of music, she also enjoyed a special concert and dinner at the Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue. The magical experience of her trip was furthered enhanced with the firework displays and Disney character parades at Magic Kingdom.

Evelyns’ experience has provided her with amazing memories that she will never forget. But none of this would have been possible without your charitable gift. On behalf of Evelyn, and all of our Wish Kids, we thank you for your generosity and your continued commitment to realizing the Make-A-Wish vision of granting the wish of every eligible child!

 

Gratefully,

 

Brian V. Hannafin

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

William C. Trigg, III, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana

Dear Friends:

 

On behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and the children we serve, thank you for your donation of

$4,427.12. Your generous support of Make-A-Wish® is crucial to our wish-granting efforts and brings us closer to giving every eligible child a wish experience that leads to improved physical and emotional health and some of the best days of their lives.

Every hour of every day, three children are diagnosed with a critical illness. It is our mission to create life­ changing wishes for these deserving kids. When a wish comes true, it creates strength, hope and transformation. A wish brings joy when families need it most. It is the heartfelt efforts of donors, like you, that provide our Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana chapter with the resources to grant wishes to more than 400 kids in our community this year.

Your contribution is more than just a gift. It is the gift of hope. For these kids, it is the chance to look past their limitations – to remember that anything is possible. It is the chance to keep making plans for the future. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope. And for our wish kids, it is the most powerful gift in the world.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or if you would like information about more opportunities to make a difference. When they smile, you’ll smile. See firsthand the power of pure joy when you grant a wish for a child battling a critical illness.

A wish positively impacts the life of a child – and will forever enrich yours. Thank you for helping us transform lives, one wish at a time.

 

Warmest wishes,

Amanda Mewborn

Senior Director of Development

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Dear Mr. Dorshow:

 

On behalf of Make-A-Wish, I want to thank you for forwarding additional proceeds from the Wheels for Wishes Campaign. On January 25, 2018, we received $7,370.47 (check #6686), for the Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia chapter. As required by the Internal Revenue Service, we confirm that you received no goods or services in exchange for your contribution.

When it comes to inner strength, sometimes we need look no further than a 15-year-adolescent with a passion for sports. Noah is a smart, kind, athletic boy whose life was playing out just as he had planned. He liked school, he had lots of friends, and, to the delight of his parents, his grades were pretty good, too. But then the unthinkable happened. He was diagnosed with cancer.

As a years-long member of two separate hockey leagues, Noah was used to putting in many hours a week on the ice. He was mentored by caring coaches, and his family loved watching him get better with every game. Now, all of this energy had to be diverted to fighting his cancer. Noah was determined to beat this new opponent with all of the fortitude and toughness that he takes to the hockey rink.

When Noah spoke with his Make-A-Wish volunteers, he wondered if it would be possible to meet a goal he has always had – to skate with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not only was it possible, but we were thrilled to throw in a few unexpected surprises as well.

Recently, Noah arrived in Pittsburgh ready to meet the Penguins. He was overjoyed to learn that not only would he meet his favorite team, but the Penguins were prepared to sign him as a player for a day. He signed a contract, received a uniform, was assigned a locker, and even fielded questions from reporters.

Noah’s time on the ice was unlike anything he had ever imagined. The confidence he felt while skating with these professional players is something that he will always remember. So, in the upcoming months, when it seems like his spirit and toughness are wavering, he’ll recall this confidence as he strives for a cancer-free future.

Thank you for partnering with us as we work to reach all children living with a critical illness in need of a wish-come-true.

 

Sincerely,

Judith Stone

President and CEO

Make-A-Wish® Iowa

Dear Loren:

Every day, 72 children are diagnosed with a critical illness.

“Because of Jax’s heart disease we have to tell him ‘no’ a lot. He has a lot of restrictions placed on him that are not easy for him to understand and cope with. Having a putting green in his backyard is something that we never have to tell him ‘no’ about. It gives him something to look forward to. There are mornings he wakes up and heads straight out to his putting green to play. Even before school sometimes he is out there. He can still develop social skills and build friendships by inviting his friends to his- house to play golf with him. It is not only keeping him safe but it is building confidence, friendships, and social skills.”

“She was able to have an experience that otherwise our family wouldn’t have been able to afford to give her. She had a blast and finally got to meet her favorite characters and the princesses.”

Your gift of $7,223.14 received on 12/27/2017 makes it possible for Make-A-Wish® Iowa to continue granting life-changing wishes and for you to be part of the community making a difference in the lives of critically ill children and their families. Thank You!

 

Best Wishes,

Chris Voggesser CEO and President

Rachel Reams Director of Operations

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa

The HSC Pediatric Center

Dear Mrs. Dorshow:

 

On behalf of our patients and staff, we want to thank the Car Donation Foundation for their generous donation of $323.62. By giving to The HSC Pediatric Center, you recognize the value of investing in the needs and interests of the children and families we serve, and your support allows us to provide rehabilitative and transitional care to children with disabilities in our community.

The HSC Health Care System is committed to serving families with complex health care needs and eliminating barriers to health services. Combining resources from a pediatric specialty hospital, care coordination plan, home health agency and a parent foundation, our unique system offers a comprehensive approach to caring, serving and empowering people with disabilities.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah C. Holson, RN, MSN, CPN, NE-BC Chief Operating Officer

Make-A-Wish® North Texas

Dear Mr. Dorshaw:

On behalf of all the courageous children we serve, we would like to sincerely thank you for your donation of $11,697.64 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas. Since the inception of the North Texas Chapter in 1982, we have granted more than 9,500 wishes and are continually growing each year. Our wish is to someday reach every eligible child in our 161-county area in Texas.

We are very proud of the fact that no medically eligible child has ever been denied a wish request and this is a direct result of your generosity. With the ever-growing number of wish children across North Texas, your donation allows this tradition to continue.

A wish experience can give back what a life-threatening medical condition sometimes takes away-hope, strength and joy. Children are energized by their wish and the moments of magic provided by imagining, describing, planning and anticipating that one true wish are innumerable. The chance to forget about their condition for even a brief moment gives these children the innocence that has been lost in the wake of difficult circumstances. It gives them something to HOPE for. It gives them the STRENGTH needed to get through one more treatment. It gives them JOY that every child deserves. Families and doctors often tell us that a wish can encourage a child to see a future and make recovery a reality.

As one wish child Sam’s parents shared:

“As parents, we are overwhelmed to see the incredible people who so freely dedicate their time and passion to this cause.  Of course, anticipating Sam’s wish was tremendously therapeutic for all of us.  But it’s bigger than that. Being able to take a trip together meant that Sam can be just like any other six-year-old boy. And after what he’s been through, he’s earned the right to be normal for a little while”

Because of your continued generosity, North Texas children will experience the power of a wish®

 

Best “Wishes,”

Scotty Landry President and CEO

Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York

Dear Friends:

You know that your donation of $3,597.20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Metro New York and Western New York will help grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human spirit with hope, strength and joy. Did you also know that wish experiences can be game-changers for critically ill kids?

In the words of one social worker who refers children to Make-A-Wish, “A wish heals the spirit – it heals them throughout their journey… gives them hope that things can be better at some point, that life goes on beyond hospital walls and diagnostics.”

Wishes are more than gifts or single moments in time. They impact everyone involved – volunteers, medical professionals and valued partners like you. For wish kids, just the experience of their wish­ come-true can give them the courage to follow through with medical treatments, and they and their parents can enjoy a renewed sense of hope.

Your compassion and generosity mean a lot to us.  Thank you for making a difference and helping us to be here for every eligible child.

 

Best wishes,

Mary Jones

Regional Director, Development, Rochester

Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada

Car Donation Foundation dba Wheels For Wishes

Attn: Loren Dorshow

5775 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 765

St. Louis Park, MN  55416

 

Dear Loren,

 

I am delighted to accept your gift of $8,532.27. Your generosity strengthens our mission and transforms the lives of children in Northeastern California and Northern Nevada battling a life­ threatening medical condition.

A wish creates an opportunity for hope and the ability to experience life beyond illness. Seven­ year-old Maleree went in for a routine eye exam that resulted in the unforeseen diagnosis of a stage 4 astrocytoma tumor. Her tumor was extracted shortly after her diagnosis, and she underwent localized radiation therapy following her surgery.

When given the opportunity to choose a special wish, Maleree knew her most heartfelt wish was to go on a Disney cruise. Due to her love for Disney, water sports, and boats, a cruise seemed like the ideal wish to Maleree. She spent her cruise days swimming in the pool and going on waterslides, as well as meeting her favorite princess characters while aboard. The cruise was an opportunity for her to spend some time in the warm sun, and experience child-like wonder once again.

“Everything about her wish was absolutely amazing. Maleree was treated like a royal princess from the moment we arrived at the airport, to the moment we returned home.” – Jodi, Maleree’s mother.

For children like Maleree, a wish reintroduces magic and wonder back into their life, resulting in the child benefiting from two wishes coming true: the wish they make, and the wish to be a child again. Thank you for giving the gift of hope, one wish child at a time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer A. Stolo

Chief Executive Officer

Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York

Dear Loren Dorshow,

 

Thank you for helping make wishes come true for critically ill children in our region!

 

Your recent gift of $4,111 to support Wheels for Wishes helps us to grant wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions each year who live within our fifteen-county region that covers the 518 and 838 area codes. This includes children like Ainsley, a vibrant and energetic four-year-old diagnosed with cancer as a toddler.

 

Ainsley’s wish was to visit Walt Disney World and meet all of her favorite characters, like Minnie Mouse and Cinderella. She enjoyed her time exploring Disney World with her parents and older sister Avalon. She loved the thrill of the rides, getting character autographs, and watching parades and fireworks.

 

None of the wonder and excitement of Ainsley’s wish could have happened without the wonderful generosity of donors like you. Ainsley and her family enjoyed a worry-free week in sunny Florida where their time spent as a family provided a special healing all its own. On behalf of Ainsley, and all of our Wish Kids this year, I thank you for your generosity and your commitment  to making wishes come true  for critically ill children and teens.

 

Gratefully,

 

Brian V. Hannafin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

 

William C. Trigg, III, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer