Miami Herald’s Wish Book Program

Posted: January 27, 2012 in Benevolent, Ordinary People/Extraordinary Things
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We are always farklempt when we hear about ordinary people (our earthly angels) who grant wishes to individuals who are in desperate need of help in order to survive some of the basic things most of us take for granted. The 2011 Miami Herald Wish Book Program managed to surpass their previous year’s program and topped other years within their 3-decade history of giving gift donations from their readers, in light of the present economic condition.

Herald Charities manage the Wish Book Program. The nonprofit organization received more than $325,000 in cash donations and topped $100,000 with in-kind donations. The nominees were featured in the newspaper and if they did not have their wishes granted, they are in the process of getting them granted. Generous donations made by readers included new and gently used furniture, medical equipment, toys, appliances, electronics, professional services and bicycles.

Some of the wishes granted this year included: a special tricycle for a little boy with cerebral palsy to help him continue his therapy; a girl with cerebral palsy whose family needed help with a mobility van to get her to her appointments; a man who survived the earthquake in Haiti and needed a job to support him and his daughter who was the only other survivor in his immediate family from the earthquake; and a special hospital bed to help a girl manage her convulsions. These are just a smidgen of some of the things readers came to the rescue for when people desperately needed it.

To learn how you can donate to the Wish Book Program, especially if you live in the Miami Florida area, check out their website: This is a rich testament of ordinary people doing some extraordinary things.


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