Did you know that more than 70 percent of wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia-area involve air travel? More than 124 million air miles are used to purchase tickets for Wish Kids and their families every year – and that’s only for Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia alone.
Make-A-Wish relies on frequent flyer miles to help Wish Kids – and their families – travel to their destinations. One way to help is to donate your frequent flyer miles to Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia. Donated miles never expire and you can help transform the life of a child with a critical illness.
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.
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!
It’s the middle of summer, which means road trips could be in your future – whether a few hours or a few days away. Gas prices are averaging about $3.50 nationally which means if you don’t want your vacation to put a huge dent in your budget, you should be looking for ways to add some MPGs to each tank of gas. Fortunately, there are some simple techniques you can try that can make your wallet less light at the end of the trip.
- Properly inflate your tires. According to the Department of Energy, every pound per square inch (PSI) that your tires are underinflated, you lower your gas mileage by 0.3 percent. That may not sound like much, but consider this: Proper inflation can raise gas mileage by 3.3 percent, or savings of up to 11 cents per gallon. Not sure what to inflate your tires to? Check the sticker on the driver’s side door jamb or in the car’s owner’s manual.
To ensure that our future generation knows how to protect the world we live in and keep it green, it’s good to set an example for kids, whether they are our children, grandchildren, friends’ children, students, etc.
Donating a car can be an excellent way to teach kids about recycling as well as the benefits of donating to charity. When you donate a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, you get the best of both worlds, because you are not only recycling a vehicle and allowing it to be reused, but you are also making a donation that will benefit Make-A-Wish and help to grant the wishes of local kids.
Sure it may be the middle of summer and vacation plans are set, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t plan ahead. Many people make sure to plan their next trip before their current one ends so they always have something to look forward to.
If you have kids, swimming and playing in the sand is great, but sometimes kids want more things to do than to sit around the beach. Here are family-friendly suggestions that can suit kids of all ages and interest.
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.
It’s likely that during the summer months, you spend a lot more time in your garage or backyard shed than you do any other time of the year. Whether you’re doing yard work and have all your tools stored in the garage, or maybe you’re taking on more projects that you’ve been completing in the garage, you probably enjoy having a good amount of space to work with.
If that’s not the case, and maybe it’s a vehicle that’s taking up too much space in your garage, outdoor shed, or even your driveway, we can help. If you have an unwanted vehicle taking up space that you would rather use as work space, consider donating it to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish. At no cost, we will pick up or tow away your car, truck, SUV, RV, motorcycle, or boat, and earned proceeds from the sale of the vehicle will benefit a local child in your area. It’s so easy to do, and you get all the extra space you need, along with a great tax deduction during next year’s tax time. However, we’re here to help if you need more convincing!
For many who own motorcycles, it’s a lifestyle. They enjoy long rides on sunny weekend days, the feeling of the wind in their faces. For others, it may be a mid-life-crisis purchase gone wrong. Whether you’ve ridden your motorcycle into the ground or you’ve had your summer of fun and you want to move on, you need to get rid of your motorcycle.
It can be a tough decision to try and decide what to do with your used motorcycle. Certainly the two most obvious solutions are selling or trading it in. But a third option – donating your motorcycle to charity – is worth exploring. Here are some of the benefits of donating your motorcycle to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish.
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!
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!
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.
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!
The environment needs our help, and World Environment Day is an important day to recognize what we can do to protect the world we live in. Since 1972, World Environment Day has been a popular celebration throughout the whole world. People of all ages are encouraged to get involved to make our world a cleaner and greener place to live. It’s an excellent time to get the whole family involved and to teach children the importance of living green.
Whether you choose to tackle city-wide cleaning on June 5, or you practice more sustainable ways of living for you and your family, World Environment Day is the perfect day for you to kick start your new green routine.
Memorial Day is a special day to honor those who have passed away while serving in the United States Armed Forces. These brave individuals fought to keep our country safe and are honored each year on the last Monday of May.
Because Wheels For Wishes encourages giving back to the community and thanking the many people who serve us, we have plenty of ideas for giving back on Memorial Day! If you have other ideas of your own, we would love to hear them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
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.”
Every day, Americans should be grateful to the members of the Armed Services that help keep our country safe. On May 18, however, it is Armed Forces Day, the national holiday established to thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. The holiday was started on Aug. 31, 1949, when Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard Days.
The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense, although the individual branches still observe their own days within their respective branches of service. National Guard and Reserve members will often commemorate Armed Forces Day anytime during the month of May due to their unique training schedules.
Mother’s Day is one of those days that you better have something planned for, or else you may find dinner is served for everyone but you for a while. However, whether you’re celebrating your mother or the mother of your children, it doesn’t have to be an expensive, over-the-top affair.
While it’s important to recognize the great work teachers do on a daily basis, May 7 isn’t just another day to thank your teacher – it’s THE day. National Teacher Appreciation Day was created to help honor teachers for all of the work they do. With the end of school right around the corner, Teacher Appreciation Day is the perfect time to give your child’s teacher an early end-of-year gift to coincide with this day.
Here are five ways that you can give a teacher a lovely, heartfelt gift. Some of them can even be environmentally-friendly, too:
Nurses are very important to us, but they are especially important to all of the Make-A-Wish Wish Kids who are battling critical illnesses. Nurses brighten the lives of their child patients and do so much for everyone, so it makes total sense that we would set aside a specific day to honor them for all their endless hard work!
Monday, May 6 is National Nurses Day, otherwise known as National RN Recognition Day. The day opens National Nurses Week which runs through May 12. The week-long celebration was started in honor of English nurse Florence Nightingale, who was born on May 12.
For good reason, National Nurses Week is one of the nation’s largest health care events! Celebrations include banquets, recognition dinners, city and state proclamations, education seminars, and community events.
Because nurses are so important to us, we would like to give you some ideas for how you can honor the nurse in your life. We hope you enjoy our ideas for giving back to your community and making your nurse feel appreciated!