“Shortly before the birth of my fourth child, I made a promise to myself that should he turn out healthy, with no delivery challenges, I would give back to my community,” said Adam. “When that happened, I decided to make good on my promise and started researching children’s charities.”
Stine focused his efforts on Make-A-Wish Arizona and really loved its simple mission: Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
“It spoke to me so I cold-called the office and said, ‘I’d like to grant a wish, can you help me?’,” said Adam. “They immediately met with me and talked with me about my options.”
Stine, who is the largest franchise owner of Jack in the Box locations in Arizona and one of the largest in the country, started his work with the chapter by introducing the organization and the mission to his employees.
“Make-A-Wish provided me with narratives about wishes I could adopt and the first one I read was about Tiffany, a girl who was living with muscular dystrophy, being raised by her grandparents after her parents died and all she wanted to do was walk on the beach at night while she could still walk,” said Adam. “Her story was so impressive; her wish was so heartfelt.”
Stine went to work, sharing Tiffany’s story with his employees, as well as how Make-A-Wish Arizona was working to grant wishes for other kids in their own communities. In only one month, they had raised more than $48,000 – enough to grant approximately five wishes, not just one!
“It was amazing to see my employees, who make hourly wages, committing to help a wish kid in their community,” said Adam. “I knew, following such as huge success with my employees, that we could do more.”
That is how the Jack in the Box March Wish Star Month campaign was created. Every March for the past five years, Jack in the Box employees have attempted to break their own records by speaking to each and every customer about the Make-A-Wish mission and the impact it has on wish kids. They hold contests among the stores, decorate their windows and the store that raises the most funds is honored with a special wish kid party, where they celebrate with kids whose wishes are being granted thanks to the hard work of the Jack in the Box employees. In total, over five years, they have raised more than $606,000.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the passion our people have put behind this, and how everyone has come together to grant more wishes each year,” said Adam. “Our people have really embraced the value of doing good for others.”
Similar to how Make-A-Wish was started by grassroots efforts, Stine feels like the Jack in the Box campaign knows no bounds.
“Its amazing to me that every year, we beat our numbers. They never tire of finding a way to grant more wishes and the employees are really the driving force behind the campaign now,” said Adam. “It showcases how the power of a team, working together, creating a community, can do great things.”
Stine said that customers have shown to be drawn to the campaign as well.
“Customers like a company that gives back in their community,” said Adam. “They know that Make-A-Wish Arizona will help make an impact with their donation.”
Adam’s service on the Board of Directors, especially this year as Board Chair, is just icing on the cake as far as he is concerned.
“To be in the presence of so many amazing leaders and to know they are looking to me to lead them and lead the Make-A-Wish mission, it is very humbling,” said Adam. “And to think that it all started with a promise to myself, well I’m happy that I could take something personal and make it reach so many people.”