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Wish Upon a Hero February 18, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — My Dysfunctional Life @ 8:45 pm

I found a great website that I wanted to share with you all. It’s called Wish Upon a Hero. Basically, you make a wish, and others can answer it!

Wish Upon A Hero was first conceived by founder Dave Girgenti shortly after the September 11th attacks on New York City. From his home in NJ, Girgenti watched as thousands of people posted pictures of missing loved ones throughout the city. He thought there had to be a faster, more organized way to connect people in need. That was the moment in which the idea was born.

Less than five years later, Hurricane Katrina created a similar catastrophic event in New Orleans where hundreds of thousands of people needed immediate help. This time it wasn’t just about locating loved ones. Hurricane victims needed everything from healthcare services, food, fresh water, clothing and shelter.

Working under the mantra of “No wish too large and no hero too small,” Girgenti created www.wishuponahero.com, which launched in September 2007.

It is completely free to its users, allowing everyone who registers the opportunity to cast up to three wishes at a time. Because Wish Upon A Hero is designed to help everyone, wishes can be big or small, elaborate or simple, based on financial need or just asking for a simple favor.

All of us, from our nation’s most powerful corporations to individual philanthropists, and those with limited financial means, can be someone’s hero:

  • A man who buys uniforms for his town’s little league team.
  • A plastic surgeon brings his skill to the aid of an uninsured breast cancer survivor.
  • A national appliance retailer that donates a refrigerator to a single mom with a newborn.
  • A groundskeeper at Yankee stadium who helps a woman fulfill her father’s lifelong dream of throwing a single pitch across home plate.
  • A group of 8th graders that rally behind a fellow student whose home was lost in a fire.
  • A woman who writes to a man in Seattle to say, “I think I’m the sister you’ve been looking for since we were separated 21 years ago.”

Once a wish is granted, the hero can choose to remain anonymous, or be formally recognized on the Wish Upon A Hero website.

So I posted our wish for a baby on the site (you never know), and I’m also scanning to be a hero to someone else. Nothing feels better than giving, so I hope I can find someone who can use my skills, knowledge, or something that I don’t really need, to help their wish come true.

Please check out the site…you may be able become someone’s hero!

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2 Responses to “Wish Upon a Hero”

  1. eeyore Says:

    well your wish is so altruistic and I seriously hope you get it, but it looks like some other folks have caught on to your idea. I on the other hand am going to wish to be invited to a party at the Playboy Mansion all expenses paid! 🙂

  2. mdlasure Says:

    Hey, you never know! Hef might be reading my blog!


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