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January Volunteer of the Month: Maria Hidalgo

Maria became a Make-A-Wish Arizona wish granter in 2006. As one of the first volunteers in Rio Rico, Maria now grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses in her community.

“Make-A-Wish Arizona is such a great organization,” said Maria. “I always wanted to be a volunteer but I never thought I would be able to because of where I lived. When I found out there were trainings in Tucson I jumped on the opportunity to become a wish granter.”

Due to Maria’s location, she realized she could help wish kids in more remote areas of Southern Arizona that would require Central or Northern Arizona volunteers hours of drive time and signed onto wishes without pause whenever she was asked.

“It felt great to help children in need from my community,” said Maria. “I told one of my friends, Jessica, and now we grant wishes together!”

Since then, Maria has granted nearly 20 wishes, although she remains humble about her experience.

“I don’t like to keep track of how many wishes I’ve granted because I think it takes away from the kids,” said Maria. “Each wish kid is different and I’m just so happy to be a part of their lives.”

One of those wish kids was a little boy named Isaiah, who passed away just a few months after his wish.

“He would always draw pictures for me whenever I visited,” said Maria. “I will never forget him and the impact he had on my life.”

But even with difficult experiences like these, Maria is motivated to keep granting wishes in order to bring hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“I have two daughters and I can’t imagine dealing with the difficult illnesses these wish families face,” said Maria. “Granting wishes puts everything into perspective and it brings me so much fulfillment being part of something bigger than myself.”

What is your one true wish?

"I wish to give something to the kids in my community."  -Maria
  • Maria with Austin, one of her wish kids.

  • Wish granters Maria and Alma with wish kid Victoria.

Jan 07, 2016

Become a Volunteer!

For more information on how to get involved with Make-A-Wish® Arizona, please contact:

Sawyer Kilen

Volunteer Coordinator (statewide)
Direct: 602.343.9453
Toll-Free: 1.800.324.9474
Fax: 602.395.0722

Volunteer Opportunities

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5-year-old Tallie sees her new fairytale bedroom for the first time
Make-A-Wish® Arizona
2901 North 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 395-9474
Toll Free (800) 324-9474