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November 11, 2013
Give Back To Your Community On America Recycles Day

If you want to play a part in keeping America beautiful, recycling is a great way to start! If you need a little motivation in order to make that happen, let America Recycles Day be the day that you kick start your recycling habits and start giving your garbage a second chance. The next time you’re about to throw something away, ask yourself if it could serve another purpose and let it be reused or recycled instead!

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November 11, 2013
Honor A Veteran In Your Life This November

We celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, but the sentiment of that day should be on the mind of all Americans throughout the year. There were more than 21.5 million veterans in the United States in 2011 – with that number steadily growing. Each day, members of the United States Armed Forces protect us both domestically and internationally, giving up simple commodities so we can live in relative peace.

Originally known as Armistice Day, commemorating the cease-fire reached during WWI between allied nations and Germany on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, Veterans Day took on a new name following WWII and was dedicated to the veterans of all wars. As a federal holiday, Veterans Day offers many in the United States a day off from their regular work week.

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November 5, 2013
Take A Swing At Helping Make-A-Wish Wish Kids

We can’t all be Arnold Palmer, but we can be a superstar to a child in need. That is what the third annual Make-A-Wish Golf Classic in Austin offers participants Friday, Nov. 22. By participating in this exciting golf outing you will help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses in Texas. Cost for the event starts at $300 with course fees, cart, boxed lunch and the Post Play Awards Celebration included in the participation fee.

The tournament is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Tournament prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place along with longest drive and closest to the pin competitions on individual holes, among other mini-games. There are also sponsorship opportunities available to anyone interested. To learn more, contact Chad Wicks at the Make-A-Wish office 512-329-9474 or by email at chad@cstx.wish.org. This golf tournament takes place annually at the Barton Creek Resort and Spa at 8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin, Texas.

Funds raised at the golf tournament will benefit Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas. The average cost-per-wish is $7,000, and with a wish being granted every 38 minutes throughout the United States, fundraisers such as the Golf Classic in Austin help to make granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses possible. By participating in this great event, you can be a part of the magic!

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November 5, 2013
20 Things You Can Do During The Holidays After Donating A Car

December is one of the busiest months of the year. With families preparing for the holidays, holiday concerts, end of the year work and last minute shopping, there is hardly a minute of time to spare. Wheels For Wishes can make your December a little less difficult, by helping you to remove that vehicle you’ve been trying to sell from your driveway. Make a difference in the life of a child by donating your car, boat, ATV, SUV, RV or motorcycle to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish.

Car donation is easy, and can benefit children across the United States, from Washington D.C. to San Francisco! December is busy enough without worrying about selling your car. Don’t waste your precious time placing ads, meeting potential buyers or trying to agree upon a fair price. We will pick-up or tow your current vehicle for free, and you will receive a tax deduction for your donation. Best of all, your donation can help wishes come true for children with critical illnesses by benefiting Make-A-Wish. All you have to do is call [chapter_phone] or fill out a vehicle donation form online.

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October 31, 2013
Inaugural Lavishly Posh Royal Ball To Benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia

Who doesn’t like to get dressed up for an evening out? What if you could do that while getting the whole family involved AND helping Make-A-Wish Georgia at the same time? That’s what you can do at the Inaugural Lavishly Posh Royal Ball, on Nov. 16 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Green Street in Augusta. The Artisan Marketplace, featuring at least a dozen local artists, bakers and more, opens at 4 p.m., with dinner and the show beginning at 5 p.m. Attire for the event is formal or Renaissance attire fit for royalty.

Special events include Queen Wisteria of Story Land, distinguished fairytale guests, a family fashion show and talent showcase, ballroom dancing, arts and crafts, swag bag for attendees, and a silent auction. As a special surprise, all princesses whom have attended the Royal Princess Tea Parties at the Lavishly Posh boutique will be honored and receive a special surprise.

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October 31, 2013
Why Granting Wishes Is More Important Than Halloween Candy

Halloween is a much-anticipated day of the year where kids can dress up as their favorite superheroes or scary ghosts, and it gives them a chance to do what they do best, which is being a kid. While many children are able to dress up and go outside hoping to fill their bags with as much candy as possible, others are unable to take part in this experience due to a critical illness. Thankfully, Make-A-Wish is able to grant wishes for deserving children like these, on average, every 38 minutes!

If you are looking to help grant a wish for a child who may not be able to go outside for trick-or-treating in the neighborhood this year, we have the perfect idea for you this Halloween. Your solution could be in your driveway, garage, or shed, or maybe it’s stalled on the side of the road somewhere!

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October 28, 2013
Celebrate Wishes Granted At This Year's Celebrating Wishes Ball

Join other Make-A-Wish volunteers, Wish Kids and donors at this year’s Make-A-Wish Connecticut Celebrating Wishes Ball. To request an invitation or for sponsorship information, contact Tara Navara at 203-880-6967 or tara@ct.wish.org. The Celebrating Wishes Ball is thrown to celebrate all of the wishes come true for Wish Kids throughout the year. It is a great opportunity to meet and greet with individuals with similar interests while continuing to raise money in support of Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

The ball will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing until midnight. This is a formal jacket and tie event, with all net proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish. There will be opportunities to bid on amazing live auction and silent auction items throughout the night. Guests will also enjoy music by E.T.A.  and fine dining. The celebration takes place at the Greenwich Country Club (19 Doubling Road, Greenwich, CT). You can join honorary committee members, Chris Russo of Sirius Satellite Radio and David Cone, John Flaherty, Kim Jones, Michael Kay and Bob Lorenz of the YES Network while celebrating wishes come true at Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s Celebrating Wishes Ball.

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October 25, 2013
Decide How You Will Make A Difference This Year On Make A Difference Day

October is more than candy and fun costumes – it’s actually an important time to give back to your community and make a difference in the world around you! For more than 20 years, Make A Difference Day has been a day where volunteers of all ages get together to make a difference in the world. This year, that day falls on Saturday, Oct. 26. Take a break from Halloween and instead, spend a few hours giving back to your community!

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October 24, 2013
Walk For Wishes In Hudson Valley This November

Residents in the Hudson Valley area are getting ready to bundle up for their eighth annual Walk and 5k Run For Wishes at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, 2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The event is being thrown to celebrate hope, strength and joy of Make-A-Wish Wish Kids, all while raising the necessary funds to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses in the Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley region.

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley has granted the wishes of more than 2,100 children since 1986. There are an average of 160 wishes in progress at any given time for the chapter, and each wish generally costs between $7,500 and $10,000. The goal of these types of events is to raise enough money that every child’s wish can be granted. The wishes provided by Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley can help a child, in one of the darkest moments of their life, to gain hope and strength.

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October 18, 2013
The Sweetest Day In America

The candy holiday before the candy holiday, Sweetest Day will be celebrated this year on Saturday, Oct. 19. Often referred to as a fall Valentine’s Day or a pre-Halloween celebration, the Sweetest Day in America offers the opportunity for individuals in a community to perform gestures of kindness for one another. The day has been used in the past for those more fortunate to give back to their community.

Launched as a promotional event in the 1920s, Sweetest Day has been a long-celebrated holiday in the Great Lakes region, and has spread to become a beloved holiday throughout the United States. It originated from one person’s desire to do something nice for the orphans and displaced residents of Cleveland. During its first year, thousands of boxes of candy were given away in the Cleveland region. The holiday can be celebrated by providing ‘sweet’ acts of kindness for the community.

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October 4, 2013
Learn How To Keep Kids Healthy On Child Health Day

Children often know how to turn our frowns into smiles. They know how to make us laugh and how to cheer us up at any given time. This is why it is important to have a day dedicated to learning about keeping children safe and healthy and allowing them to do what they do best—which is just being a kid.

Monday, Oct. 7 is Child Health Day. At Wheels For Wishes, children are so important to us, and we do our best to see that we can help Make-A-Wish grant the wishes of kids with critical illnesses. At Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish, people are able to donate their unwanted cars which will be recycled or reused and transformed into wishes for local kids. We love that we are able to help Make-A-Wish and contribute to their amazing work of helping local children, but we need people like you to help make it happen.

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September 20, 2013
Ways To Celebrate The First Day Of Autumn

The air is getting cooler and with fewer opportunities to head to the beach, it’s time to get into the spirit of autumn. It may not be warm enough to go swimming, but it’s still the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Read some of our ideas for bringing in the season of autumn!

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September 19, 2013
Donate Cars To Help Better The World On The International Day Of Peace

The International Day of Peace will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 21, and will include celebrations and activities all over the world. Individuals, organizations, and nations are encouraged to come together on “Peace Day” to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. Supporters will enjoy festivals and concerts, but there are also ways to create a peaceful world right from your own home, whether online and using the computer or simply making a phone call.

If you have an unwanted vehicle taking up space in your driveway, garage, or shed, consider donating the vehicle you rarely, if ever use, and put it to better use. When you donate your vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish, you can help to bring hope, strength, and joy back into the life of a child with a critical illness. Donated cars can help Make-A-Wish grant a wish for a local child in your community, while giving them a memory to last a lifetime.

Since an important part of the International Day of Peace includes doing a good deed for someone who needs it, donating a car can be the perfect act of kindness for you. To donate a vehicle, please call [chapter_phone] or fill out our online vehicle donation form. If you don’t have a vehicle to donate at this time, you’re in luck, because there are other ways to get involved on “Peace Day.”

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September 6, 2013
Get Planting On National Planting Day

Wheels For Wishes is a proud supporter of the green movement. We are always encouraging others to make eco-friendly choices that will help keep America clean and green. At Wheels For Wishes, we accept donated vehicles and recycle or auction them off, so vehicles are always recycled and reused. This helps to extend the lifecycle of vehicles of all makes, models, and years. However, we are also interested in keeping America clean and green in other ways as well, such as by participating in National Planting Day!

Hosted by Keep America Beautiful, the second annual National Planting Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7. This event celebrates the value of native species while encouraging others to keep America beautiful by planting native species of trees, flowers, and plants. Native species live or grow naturally without direct or indirect human interaction, which is very important in balancing the environment. They provide habitat for wildlife and they provide food for birds since they tend to attract pollinators and insects. Plus, natives are very low maintenance. Consider planting native shrubs, plants, or a tree on National Planting Day!

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July 22, 2013
Homemade Gift Ideas For Parents' Day

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day behind us, it’s now time to celebrate what Mom and Dad do best — their parenting! Parents’ Day is on Sunday, July 28, so it’s just around the corner!

Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July, Parents’ Day began in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into law which would recognize, uplift, and support the role of parents in the rearing of children.

To thank parents for all they do, kids might enjoy putting together homemade gifts for their parents. Kids will love these homemade and eco-friendly gift ideas for parents. They are fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. Whether a child has a chance to make these on their own, or maybe a parent decides to get the gang together and make these together as a family, it’s something the whole family will find memorable.

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July 18, 2013
Do Not Miss The Make-A-Wish - BIG Wish Gala In Louisville

If you are looking for an opportunity to help local kids in Louisville, this is your chance! Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana is hosting their BIG Wish Gala at the Marriott in Downtown Louisville (280 W. Jefferson St.). Don’t miss out on a fabulous dinner, live and silent auction, surprises, and most importantly, wish granting for Kentucky kids!

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July 3, 2013
Ten Interesting Facts About Independence Day

For many, The Fourth of July is a day filled with family, friends, good food, and fireworks. We often look at it as a fun summer celebration to celebrate our flag, enjoy a busy city parade and snack on cotton candy at local fairs, but Independence Day is so much more than that. It’s easy to forget the details behind the holiday, but we are here to help remind you. We have ten fun facts about the history of Independence Day so you can be reminded as to why we celebrate on The Fourth of July.

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June 20, 2013
Ways To Celebrate The First Day Of Summer

It may have seemed like it would never arrive, but June 21 is officially here, and that means it’s time to celebrate the first day of summer. Since the first day of summer happens to be on a Friday, it means there is plenty of time for weekend fun. We are here to help you out to make sure that you make the most out of the first day of summer!

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June 18, 2013
Celebrate National Picnic Day

National Picnic Day is Tuesday, June 18, and since World Environment Day was just on June 5, we want to provide you with information needed in order to have a sustainable picnic on National Picnic Day. Going green is very important at Wheels For Wishes, and the mission of this year’s World Environment Day is to reduce food waste. It’s easy to have a fun, family picnic, while making sure that you don’t waste any food!

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June 10, 2013
Fun Father's Day Ideas For The Whole Family

With Mother’s Day in the past and summer quickly approaching us, it can only mean that Father’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re a dad or you’re looking to show some love for your own dad, we have some ideas that can help to make it a day to remember. Show Dad your appreciation with some of our ideas for having a special Father’s day with the whole family!

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Wheels for Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish®, Wheels for Wishes & Wellness benefiting local children's hospitals and charities, Vehicles for Veterans benefiting disabled veterans, and Animal Car Donation benefiting animal rescue organizations.

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