The #ShareYourEars charity drive was a rousing success! People from all over the world got in on the fun and shared their photos to help raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. Photos were take everywhere from cruise ships to the #ShareYourEars walls that were erected in the Walt Disney Parks. Every photo meant one more donation from The Walt Disney Company. Today, on Walt Disney’s birthday, we are proud to share with you that the #ShareYourEars campaign raised 3 million dollars for Make a Wish.
You might be wondering what Make a Wish is, or you might not. Make a Wish grants wishes to children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 years who have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. A trip to Walt Disney World is one of the most popular requests they get, and the Walt Disney Company has been granting wishes for almost 30 years. Children can be nominated by their parents, doctors, family friends, or they can even nominate themselves. From there, dedicated teams of volunteers go to the home of the child and talk to them to find out what they really want for their wish. Mom and Dad get no input, it is all on the child receiving the wish to make their own dreams known so they can come true. Once the team has a good idea of what they would like to do, they go back to their local chapter and plan a dream trip for that special child. The volunteers are what makes Make a Wish run smoothly and help so many children.
If you would like to donate to Make a Wish, you may do so through their website. Subaru is also running a campaign to help Make a Wish, and the Star Wars Costuming Community raise funds for them throughout the year. If you want to get involved, go to their website and find your local chapter to tell them you would like to volunteer and help make some dreams a reality.