Tonawanda News — After all the Christmas lists had been reviewed and each child got some time with Santa, he joined the group for a tour of the fire station before heading out to the Galleria Macy’s.
First, however, he paused to share what means the most to him about the children and the time he spends with them.
“To be able to hear from the children about what they want ... and how unselfish they are,” he said. “Now that they’ve had their wishes granted, they want others to have their wishes as well. That’s the thing with Make-A-Wish ... it’s not just the child. It’s the entire family.”
No matter what wish is granted, from a Walt Disney World trip to a playhouse to a day as a firefighter, Santa said, “This is a time that children are not sick. This is a time when they’re not in pain. And as a family, they get to be together. That’s why Make-A-Wish is so important.”
A Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted the wishes of more than 200,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions in the United States and its territories since 1980. The foundation estimates a wish is granted every 40 minutes.