Quarantine and social distancing has changed the way that we live at home, go to work, and how many if us handle our day to day lives. This unfamiliar territory has created economic uncertainty for many people and raises questions about how we make money moving forward. Like many other historical moments we are forced […]
During this time of economic uncertainty charities are looking for ways to continue their efforts in finding ways to help people. You may be doing everything to help stop the spread of COVID-19 but there are even more ways to help the individuals that need it most: The CARES Act The $2.2 Trillion dollar stimulus […]
You get the chance to step inside rock and roll history on January 23, when the new season of Inside West Coast Customs premieres 9 p.m. EP/PT. Green Day donated their first ever tour bus, the Bookmobile, to Wheels For Wishes who noticed it was a diamond in the rough. They reached out to West […]
On Monday, Aug. 21, Green Day stepped back into their original tour bus for the first time since 1994. The bus, known as the Bookmobile, was recently donated Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish. When we received the Bookmobile, it was in its original condition – a little rusty and worse for wear. After all, it […]
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Green Day donated their first ever tour bus to Car Donation Foundation d/b/a Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish. The bus, affectionately known to Green Day fans as the bookmobile, took the band on its first year of touring. Now the bus will be on its way towards helping bay […]
In the last few months, Wheels For Wishes has grown to add seven new chapters. You can now donate your car to benefit Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties, Kansas, East Tennessee, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan and Mid-Atlantic. This will allow even more people to get involved with the Wheels For Wishes mission: to help kids throughout the U.S. have a chance at a happy and fulfilling childhood.
For more than 30 years, Disney has been a staunch supporter of Make-A-Wish, welcoming children with critical illnesses to "The Happiest Place On Earth." In fact, Disney and Make-A-With will grant their 100,000th global wish together in 2015. One of the companies owned by Disney, ESPN, has been doing its part to help grant wishes, as well.
Starting on Sunday, July 19, ESPN will air the 10th year of the "My Wish" series, where it helps children who have wishes involving sports teams or athletes have their wishes revealed and granted in a made-for-TV segment. ESPN has worked with Make-A-Wish to fulfill 50 sports-themed wishes since the series started in 2006.
ESPN produces feature segments on the wishes for airing on SportsCenter, with the first wish debuting in the 11 p.m. EDT edition on July 19. The remaining four will premiere at 6 p.m. on SportsCenter Monday-Thursday, July 20-24, with a one-hour special featuring highlights of all five wishes airing Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
This year's "My Wish" Segments will feature:
- Sunday, July 19: San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Pineda, a 14-year-old from San Bernardino, Calif., who has been battling leukemia, wants to spend time with the 49ers and get a jersey signed for his father figure who recently died after a sudden illness.
- Monday, July 20: Michael Phelps: Sixteen-year-old Hailey Cannaday of Clintonville, Ohio, hasn't let osteosarcoma affect her dreams of swimming in college. With her Olympic idol, she gets a tour of the U.S. training facility and makes a splash in the pool.
- Tuesday, July 21: WWE Superstar John Cena: Seven-year-old Kenneth "KJ" Harmon of Orlando, Fla., is battling end stage renal disease. He heads to Washington, D.C., to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of WWE from Cena.
- Wednesday, July 22: Andrew McCutchen: Sean Campbell, 10, of Leonardtown, Md., born with a serious heart defect, gets to spend time with his favorite Pittsburgh Pirates player.
- Thursday, July 23: Maya Moore: Even suffering from Lupus with life-threatening complications hasn't quelled the dreams of 14-year-old Ariya Smith of Thornton, Col., who hopes to someday play in the WNBA. She gets one-on-one practice time with the Minnesota Lynx star and is a guest of honor at the team's home game.
Watch a preview of this year's "My Wish" series here:
Make A Vehicle Donation To Help Make-A-Wish
Whether you live in Naples, Sacramento, Minneapolis or Nashville, you can help Make-A-Wish no matter where you live. You can help bring joy to children with critical illnesses and all you have to do is to make a car donation to Wheels For Wishes, the car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish. We support many local chapters of Make-A-Wish with the proceeds from car donations. When you donate a car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle or other vehicle, you can support your local chapter of Make-A-Wish, which helps them to grant more wishes for children in your community who could use more hope, strength and joy during a difficult time in their lives.
To donate a car, simply give us a call at [chapter_phone] or use our online car donation form. Your car donation will make a positive difference for a child in your community!
With all the tragic events happening across the world lately, it can help to step back and take a look at the good things that are happening too. At Wheels For Wishes, through our car donation program, we are committed to helping Make-A-Wish grant wishes for children facing critical illnesses. We also like to start off the month by sharing a few positive stories with our supporters, such as ESPN’s recent My Wish series. Below, these six stories from the past month are sure to bring a little sunshine to your day. We hope you enjoy them!
We’ve already started hearing holiday music on the radio, we’ve eaten to our heart’s content on Thanksgiving and even survived Black Friday – the next step before the holidays officially arrive is seeing all of our favorite holiday movies on television. Everyone has a favorite holiday movie to watch with their family – whether it’s a heart-warming story about a Grinch who saved Christmas, or the story of a boy who really wanted that Red Ryder BB Gun, there is a movie for everyone!
As usual, summer is flying by way too fast. It won’t be long before all our green leaves turn to browns and reds and the temperatures start to decline. Summer is almost over, which means it’s time to start checking things off your summer to-do list. Hopefully you’ve been too busy enjoying the warm weather to even think about chores!
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!
It’s time to get out your flags and show your American pride for Flag Day and National Flag Week! You don't have to wait until Independence Day to get started; June 14 is National Flag Day and you can show your American pride by displaying the American flag on your home. You will also see the flag proudly displayed on all government buildings during the week of June 14. You may even hear of a parade in your city or other events that will honor the American flag.
Since before the United States declared its independence from Great Britain, the Merchant Marines – civilians – have defended the freedom of the United States since 1775, and who executed the largest sealift ever during World War II. Observance of National Maritime Day on May 22 also honors the maritime industry and the benefits it brings Americans in terms of transportation, jobs, goods, and recreational opportunities.
According to President Barack Obama’s proclamation for the 2012 National Maritime Day, the Merchant Marines have “Strengthened our economy and our security in times of calm and conflict, connecting our service members to the supplies they need and transporting our exports into the global marketplace. On National Maritime Day, we pay tribute to all those who have served and sacrificed on our waterways and around the world.”
Since Wheels for Wishes accepted it’s first car donation almost ten years ago, we have seen some pretty interesting things called in to our call and donation center. We stand by our slogan of accepting all types of vehicles. Take a look at some of our craziest, and definitely favorite, donations!
Wheels For Wishes first partnered with the Minnesota Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® over seven years ago. Today, we are partners with over thirty chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Because there are so many amazing things to talk about concerning this program and our partners, we have developed a blog to keep you up-to-date with all of our latest projects and partnerships!