Wishes from Make-A-Wish Missouri usually fall into one of four categories: I wish to go…, I wish to have…, I wish to be…, or I wish to meet….But in Amelia’s case, this 8-year-old, who is battling brain cancer, wants to do something very unique: her heartfelt wish is to “take care of the world.” Amelia’s wish will be granted by Make-A-Wish Missouri and sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds who has helped arrange for hundreds of volunteers to assist with cleaning up local parks in Kansas City and throughout the country in an effort to “take care of the world.” Supporters can join in the efforts in person, as well as follow along on social media at @MakeAWishMo for photos and updates, using the hashtag #AmeliasWish. Those who can’t join the local efforts but feel motivated by Amelia’s wish are encouraged to join or create cleanup crews in their own communities. Make-A-Wish Missouri is hoping for thousands of people to be inspired, perhaps all over the world, and join in this unique wish to “take care of the world.” Read more about #AmeliasWish.
On Saturday, February 27th, Amelia will be greeted by hundreds of volunteers from Make-A-Wish Missouri, Helzberg Diamonds, as well as volunteers from the Kansas City community and throughout the state of Missouri, who will come together at Kansas City parks and hopefully, across the country to start “taking care of the world” in celebration of her one, true wish.
WISH DAY PARK SCHEDULE:
9:00AM – Amelia arrives at Romey Hills Park (NE 101 Street, Kansas City, MO 64155) Volunteers greet Amelia and proceed to take care of the world by picking up trash and recycling.
Approximately 9:30AM – Amelia arrives at New Mark Subdivision (9808 N. Campbell Drive, Kansas City, MO 64155) Amelia makes a visit to a Kansas City subdivision to take care of the world there with more trash pickup by dedicated volunteers.
Approximately 10:30AM – Amelia arrives at Macken Park (Spruytte Circle, North Kansas City, MO 64116-Corner of Howell Street and Clark Ferguson Drive) Greeted by more volunteers, Amelia inspires a community to take care of the world through continued park cleanups. To commemorate her wish, she is presented with a certificate for an honor bench to be placed in Macken Park at a future date.
Approximately 11:45AM-1:10PM – Amelia arrives at Swope Park, Band Pavilion (5650 East Gregory, Kansas City, MO 64132) Amelia arrives at Swope Park with volunteers lined up to greet her. KC Parks Director Mark L. McHenry will welcome Amelia and volunteers. Kansas City Mayor, Sly James will deliver a proclamation in Amelia’s honor. Make-A-Wish Missouri Governing Board Member, Pat Duncan, SVP, Marketing, E-Commerce and Distribution of Helzberg Diamonds, Beryl Raff, CEO and Chairwoman of Helzberg Diamonds and LuAnn Bott, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Missouri will also be there to share in the power of this inspirational wish. View photos from the clean-up.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and in nearly 50 countries on 5 continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 32,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the world every 21 minutes. It has granted more than 350,000 wishes worldwide since its inception in 1980; more than 25,000 globally in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A- Wish Missouri at mo.wish.org to discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
About Helzberg Diamonds
Helzberg Diamonds®, a retail and online jewelry store focused on customer service, was founded in 1915 and has more than 230 stores nationwide, featuring a wide selection of fine jewelry, including diamond engagement rings and wedding rings, precious gems and watches. Helzberg Diamonds takes pride in its history of offering exceptional value, exclusive designs and timeless jewelry. Helzberg Diamonds is based in North Kansas City, Mo., and is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE symbols BRK/A and BRK/B).
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