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Make-A-Wish is worthiest of charities

As far as charitable organizations go, the Make-A-Wish Foundation certainly lives up to its name as three local children facing indescribable battles have been — or will be — able to forget about their problems for a few days and fulfill their dreams.

The Ohio chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation recently helped two South Point children who each face life-threatening illnesses go to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. And an Ironton child will leave next week to do the same.

The Ohio chapter, which actually covers Kentucky and Indiana as well, has been one of the top groups in the nation, last year, granting nearly 900 wishes. In the past 25 years it has granted nearly 10,000 wishes.

The organization has set the bar even higher for this fiscal year which runs from September until August 2012.

But the foundation cannot do it alone. They cannot make these wishes come true without community support and generosity.

According to the Foundation it “is supported through local donations from individuals, corporations, small businesses, civic organizations, churches, schools, social and service clubs, fund-raising events, memorial contributions, foundations, and pay-roll deduction programs as well as our own special events. It is possible to support Make-A-Wish during the United Way campaign by utilizing the Donor Voice option. The Make-A-Wish Foundation does not engage in door-to-door or telephone solicitation.”

This organization does tremendous things and its greatest successes can be measured in smiles and memories.