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Make-A-Wish launches "Messages of Hope" to help families during the COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 4:57 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 09:23:35-04

MICHIGAN — Make-A-Wish is finding ways to help families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

There are more than 800 Michigan kids waiting for their dream trip with 87% of them involving travel. About 80 trips across the statewide have been put on hold, along with 970 trips across the nation.

Organizers have launched "Messages of Hope" as a way to bring joy to kids and families as they wait for the wishes.

“‘Our wish families need the thoughts and support of our community now more than ever,” said Karen Davis, president & CEO of Make-A-Wish Michigan. “Messages of Hope is a wonderful opportunity for people to share encouraging words and bring hope and joy to Michigan children and families when they need it most.”

Organizers say “Messages of Hope,” Make-A-Wish invites people to spread hope and anticipation by writing, recording or photographing themselves delivering messages of encouragement for wish kids waiting for wishes during this difficult time.

The organization stresses the importance of making a donation before sending out your messages. This will help keep the wishes going once wishes and travel opportunities resume.

Make-A-Wish is also encouraging people to post messages social media channel along with the tags, @makeawish and @makeawishmi and the hashtag, #WishesAreWaiting. They're also hoping people challenge at least two or more friends to keep the messages going.

The organization was launched in 1984 and have granted more than 10,000 wishes to Michigan kids dealing with critical health issues.

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