Rebeccah (pictured right) with fellow wish granter Kindra Serr at a Rodeo fundraiser for one of her wish kids!
Rebeccah has seen all kinds of wishes being requested of Make-A-Wish, from shopping sprees to celebrity meetings and continues to be an energetic and selfless wish granter year after year. Her dedication and commitment have brought smiles and cheer to many children with life threatening illnesses throughout Eastern Idaho. Thank you Rebeccah for being such a magical wish granter!
What made you first want to become a wish granter?
I started looking into the Make-A-Wish program when I was graduating from college. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and I thought working for Make-A-Wish would be the best job ever! I decided if I couldn't work for Make-A-Wish, I could definitely volunteer. I have been volunteering ever since.
Is there a particular wish you granted that stands out? If so what was the best part?
I do have a couple of wishes that stand out, but probably the most recent wish would be a shopping spree for a 13-year-old. That kiddo had the biggest heart and was so positive and so excited for his wish! I loved getting to know him and spending the day with him and his family. He had a list of everything he wanted and was completely organized. I think the best part of the wish was that some of the gifts he bought were things that he could do to play with his brothers and sister. He was so generous and wanted to make sure that he got things that he could share. He was worn out by the end of the day because he shopped at stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, but he had the biggest smile all day long!
What is your most memorable moment as a wish granter?
I think my most memorable wish was my very first wish. We granted a family game room for him. His family painted the room and had it ready for us to bring in the games. It had a pool table, foosball table, basketball shooting game, and we also got him a gaming system. There was a lot involve. We set up while the family went to dinner and a movie. When they came home, he walked down the stairs and the excitement on his face was priceless! That was the moment that I knew this was something worthwhile. The joy that it brings to these kids' lives is indescribable.
If you could have your wish granted, what would your one true wish be?
I think that a fun wish would be to go to Harry Potter World and to volunteer at Give Kids the World!
What is it about Make-A-Wish Idaho that keeps you so involved?
I think the happiness that it brings to the kids to have their wish granted keeps me going! It's amazing to be able to help grant their wishes. I feel l get to do the easy/fun part of the wishes and I am always humbled at the appreciation of the families for the opportunity that they've been given.
What would you tell a new volunteer about why they should be a part of Make-A-Wish?
You won't regret volunteering! You meet so many awesome families and work with great people in Make-A-Wish. It's definitely worth your time to see the happiness on the kids' faces. I think it's also important to remember what these kiddos have faced to get where they are today. Some of them have been through some pretty tough times. There's a reason why they're getting their wish granted. Appreciate their strength and courage to be where they're at today.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your involvement with Make-A-Wish?
I think to take every opportunity you can to support these kids and this program. It truly is a humbling and incredible experience to help kids have their greatest wish granted!