Volunteers take News 8 inside Make-A-Wish process



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Posted on May 24, 2012 at 7:52 PM

DALLAS - This week, News 8 has teamed up with Make-A-Wish of North Texas to help seven-year-old Zander’s wish come true. He wants to be a zookeeper.

But picking a wish is a process. News 8 went along with volunteers this week to see behind the scenes.

When children first walk into the Make-A-Wish building, they get to pick a prize.

Tammy Weis showed us the reception desk, which is covered with little doors.
"They can just come and pick out a toy," Weis said. "Every little door has a toy."

The goal is to make children and families feel comfortable. Volunteers like Greg Weiss make sure all the kids in the family are included.

There is also a room filled with goodies.

“There are things from different ages, and we'll pick up a toy, not just for the wish kid, but each one of the siblings," Greg Weis said. "So the whole family feels a part of the wish."

When it's time for the wish child to make a wish, they go to a special room in a place called the Wishing Tower. It’s where dreams come true.

The children are shown a special video that shows them when it comes to wishes, the sky is the limit.

“Just imagine, being able to get that special thing you have always wanted, right now," Greg Weis said.

There are four kinds of wishes: “I wish to be, I wish to have, I wish to go, or I wish to meet."

Children let their imaginations go and then volunteers make it happen. For a little while, they are simply children, not patients.
The wishes that have been granted are placed on a tree in a courtyard.

“Every wish will have a child's name [engraved] on one of the leafs," Weis said.

The tree continues to grow with the love and dedication of people who want to make children happy.

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