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Frequent Fliers Can Help Make Wishes Come True

Donate frequent flier miles to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

As the year ends, many travelers have racked up frequent flier miles or airline rewards points. This holiday season I would like to ask you to consider alternative ways of using those frequent flier miles-- for example, by donating frequent flier miles to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Minnesota.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Over half of the wishes we grant involve some sort of travel. We rely on frequent flier miles to offset the cost of air-travel for our wish children and their families. Many of these children and families have never even flown on a plane. And without generous donations we would be unable to grant the wishes of children wishing to swim with dolphins in Hawaii, see Mickey Mouse at DisneyWorld® or visit the Outback in Australia.

When Make-A-Wish® volunteers ask a child for his or her favorite wish; very often the response begins with, "I want to go...." In fact, more than 67 percent of all wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation involve travel. Fortunately, most major airlines have created programs that allow members of their frequent traveler loyalty programs to donate their unused miles to charity. Such contributions have enabled the Make-A-Wish Foundation to send thousands of children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families on the trip of a lifetime, and have saved the Foundation millions of dollars each year.

However, with the number of wishes constantly rising - more than 12,000 in the United States last year alone - the need for frequent flier miles is greater than ever. In fact, the Make-A-Wish Foundation estimates that it would need more than 2.5 billion frequent flier miles to fulfill every wish child's travel request this year.

"A contribution of frequent flier miles to the Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of the most direct ways to help make a difference in the life of a child with a life-threatening medical condition," said David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. "The mileage the Foundation receives will help provide experiences that wish children and their families will cherish for a lifetime."

Most major airlines have mileage donation programs. For a complete listing of participating airlines and detailed contribution procedures, please visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Web site and click on "Giving" or call (800) 722-WISH.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in the United States and its territories and 28 international affiliates spanning five continents. Founded in 1982, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota has granted nearly 3,000 wishes to children across the state. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota has been reviewed by the Charities Review Council and is proud to have met its Accountability Standards. To read the charity review report, visit the Charities Review Council. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota, please call 612.767.9474 or visit the web site

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