Des Moines Moms Blog is going to start regularly featuring local nonprofits. There are so many amazing organizations in our city dedicated to looking out for the well being of all who live here, and we want to feature them and share ways you and your family can partner with them through volunteering and donations. If you know of a nonprofit we should feature, please email [email protected]
About Make-A-Wish Iowa
Make-A-Wish Iowa is a non-profit organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. They believe wishes improve the odds for wish kids fighting critical illnesses. Sure, wishes are amazing and fun. More than that, they inspire and have the power to change lives. Wishes help kids look past their limitations, families overcome anxiety and entire communities experience joy. Most importantly, wishes can improve a child’s quality of life, giving them a better chance of recovering. A single wish has the power to transforms lives.
Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
How to Get Involved
Giving opportunities include volunteering your time as a wish granter, donate make a financial or in-kind donation, donate your unused airline miles, attend one of our events throughout the year, and share our story! Learn more about all the ways you can help by visiting their website.
Fun Ways to Help
Tour DeLights is one of the best family and fitness events of the season! Preview Jolly Holiday Lights as you run, walk, bike or skate through the light displays at Adventureland…before it opens to the public! Learn more about this fun fundraising event and register here.
Jolly Holiday Lights is Make-A-Wish Iowa largest fundraiser of the year. The family tradition continues at Adventureland in Altoona. The lights are open nightly from November 23- December 29, closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Stop in the Wish Shop for some hot cocoa and cookies, trinkets, or photos with Santa. The Wish Shop is open nightly until December 23. You can purchase your tickets online (there’s a discount if purchased by November 22) or at the metro Hy-Vee and Casey’s locations. Visit Jolly Holiday Lights on Facebook to follow along! This event benefits Make-A-Wish Iowa and the children with critical illnesses right here in Iowa.
Gather friends, family, co-workers and learn ways to volunteer at Jolly Holiday Lights here.
The 20th Annual Share the Power of a Wish® Gala: Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 2, 2019, in Bettendorf, Iowa begins with a silent auction and cocktails, followed by a sit down dinner, program, and live auction. The evening ends with a DJ and dancing. All proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Iowa to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Iowa is currently granting a wish every other day.