Local organization making wishes come true seeking donations…but not your money

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A well-known organization is asking for donations but it doesn’t want your money.

While many people headed to Hawaii to enjoy beaches and the sun, a local child was able to get up-close and personal with a volcano.

Native Oklahoman, AJ, says catching a glimpse of an active volcano was amazing but the generosity of others helped get him to the island in the first place.

AJ’s wish was granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and fellow Oklahomans sent him there by donating frequent flyer miles that would otherwise go unused.

Almost 83 percent of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Oklahoma last year included air travel for families to reach their dream destinations.

Make-A-Wish Oklahoma estimates 30 million donated airline miles are needed to provide wish travel for wish kids and their families each year.

Jeff Summers, CEO of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma, said, “Donating unused airline miles is one of the easiest ways for supporters to help us grant children’s wishes and give them an experience that brightens the quality of life for them and their families.”

Many major airlines, including Delta, US Airways, Continental and United, allow members of their frequent flyer programs to donate airline miles to Make-A-Wish Oklahoma’s Wishes in Flight program.

To learn more about the program, visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s website or call (405) 286-4000.