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(Fargo, ND) – August 17, 2015 — Morgan Hallgren, a 10 year-old girl from Grand Forks, decided that the best way to celebrate her 10th birthday would be to give back.
Make-A-Wish North Dakota is celebrating our 30th year of granting wishes and so Morgan and local volunteers organized a gift and donation drive to fill the wish closet at the chapter’s state office in Fargo.
Morgan’s event kicked off on May 27 and wrapped up on June 10, her golden birthday. Now, Morgan will be at the Make-A-Wish office in Fargo on Tuesday, August 18, to present the gifts and donations from her birthday give back event.
Morgan said, “I want to help make wishes for kids so that they can forget about their illness and feel joy and happiness.”
The wish closet is a collection of toys that we keep on hand to provide to a child at their initial meeting with a volunteer wish granter. The toy helps to break the ice and make them feel a bit more at ease as they begin their wish journey.
Billi Jo Zielinski, President and CEO, is impressed with Morgan’s generosity to share her birthday with the chapter in this way, “This year is about celebrating – celebrating volunteers, giving, beginnings, and wishes. We are grateful for volunteers and Morgan for joining us and celebrating possible.”
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Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish® North Dakota has granted over 700 wishes to children across the state, at an average cost of $9,800 per wish. For more information about Make-A-Wish North Dakota, please call (701) 280-9474, or visit the website at www.northdakota.wish.org.