Creating Smiles by Granting Wishes

Dandilion Wish by Life Supercharger Flickr Creative CommonsThis post is more about a concept than a specific person, group of people, or organization. Sometimes children face adversity and wish for opportunities that no single person can possibly provide. We, as a community that has faced and overcome significant adversity, have an opportunity, perhaps even a responsibility, to help others overcome their adversity. While we may lack the knowledge, skills, or abilities to cure a life-threatening medical condition, we can certainly help improve the situation by sharing our time to raise funds, promote events, interview children, discuss potential solutions, plan presentations, and coordinate solutions.

The following video identifies a few of the many fantastic wishes that have been granted by Make A Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. None of the wishes described in the video would have been possible without the generous contributions of people and organizations that believe in the power of a wish.

If you are interested in volunteering, Make A Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire may be the right opportunity for you. Please look at the Make A Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire website to learn how you can help.


  • If you could wish to go someplace, where would you go and why would you go there?
  • If you could wish to be anything you could be, what would you wish to be and why?
  • If you could wish to meet anybody, who would you meet and why would you choose to meet that person?
  • If you could wish to have anything, what would you wish to have and why would you want to have it?
  • If you could help a child who is eligible to receive a wish, what is preventing you from helping?

Thanks to Make A Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire, the recipients of wishes, the volunteers and professionals who make the wishes come true for all recipients of wishes, Stephanie McCormick, YouTube, Flickr Creative Commons, John Liu (Life Supercharger), and all the other people who made it possible for me to include the picture and video I used in this post.


  1. I love this video! Even though every wish is unique, I am a little bias when I say that the Trojans definitely did me proud with the experience they provided for McClain.

    1. Stanley, every wish is unique, and no two wish presentations are identical. The video in this post featured several local wish kids. If you want to see spectacular wish presentations from across the nation, there are thousands of videos on the internet. If you are interested in learning how you can help make a child’s wish come true, contact the Make A Wish chapter near you.

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