Life Lessons: Making dreams come true
The US Department of Human Health Services statistics show there are over 400,000 children in the foster care system and that number continues to rise.
Incredibly, one woman decided it's time to be a mother to them all and created a simple way to do it.
It all started with one simple wish from a young married couple.
"We chose to become foster parents as a way to start a family," says Danielle Gletow, founder and executive director of One Simple Wish.
Shortly after that wish was granted, Danielle Gletow and her husband became pregnant with a biological child.
However, the foster care system and adoption experience birthed a new wish:
"A way to connect more people who wanted to help with the children who really needed to know that there are so many people out there that care about them," Gletow says.
She got her team together and started www.onesimplewish.org, granting wishes for foster children through 420 different agencies in 33 states across the nation.
Gletow says that, "We would love one day for one simple wish to have a partner in all 50 states."
The process is fairly simple: Go to their website and click on grant a wish.
"Find the wish that you want to grant. You can search by state; you can search by partner if you have a particular partner that you'd like to work with, by the age of the child, by the gender of the child, or by the actual wish itself," explains Sarah Dale, program manager of One Simple Wish.
At first it was a difficult concept for Anthony Weaver to grasp. He is 19 and was once a foster kid. He was on the receiving end of One Simple Wish.
"It's helped me financially; it's helped me obviously get a job," says intern Weaver. "They support me all the way through."
These real life fairy god mothers find wholeness with every wish they are able to grant.
"One of my favorite that I got to grant was Justin Bieber tickets," says Dale.
One Simple Wish is a non-profit and gets all their money through private donations.
They grant wishes 365 days a year.
For information on how you can start granting wishes, to to www.onesimplewish.org.
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