“I’ve always wanted to work with kids and volunteering for Make-A-Wish is amazing because I get to do that and so much more. Both Make-A-Wish and the Air-Force give me opportunities to meet some awesome people and truly impact your life in different ways.”
Since she started volunteering with Make-A-Wish Arizona in March of 2016, Alex has granted 25 wishes.
“All the wishes I have granted are pretty unique. Aside from Disneyland or Walt Disney World, I haven’t had one wish that is the same,” Alex said.
One wish that does stand out for Alex is her first wish. Aiden wished to have a tablet, but not just any tablet, he wanted one to create animations and work on his drawings.
“I do keep in touch with him occasionally, his mom emails me drawings he’s made since his wish.”
While Alex loves the chance to participate in wishes, her favorite part is the wish reveal.
“It’s such an exciting environment and the suspense in the room is an extraordinary feeling. The wish kid has no idea they are about to get their wish.”
“You get to meet all these kids, and they really surprise you because they have different personalities. It makes you want to make each wish special and go out of your way to help them.”
Alex learned a lot in her past three years with this organization. She always makes sure to take pictures at the wish reveal and keep in touch with families after a kid’s wish.
“Volunteering with Make-A-Wish Arizona has definitely made me a better person. The gratification of being part of an organization that gives kids their one true wish humbles you. It makes you want to do more, you want to continue to help.”
“As soon as I grant a wish, I immediately go back and sign up for another one.”
Alex’s one true wish? To hang out with Tori Kelly for the day.