We are thrilled to recognize our second Volunteer of the Month, the wonderful Carolyn Thomas. Carolyn is an empty nester, and after 25 years of being stay-at-home mom, she is excited about returning to the workforce. Carolyn is the proud mom of three adult kids. She enjoys game nights, hiking, watching sports, all forms of the arts and volunteering at church.
How long have you been involved with Make-A-Wish and how did you first get started?
I began volunteering for Make-A-Wish early in 2017. Volunteering for this organization has always been my desire, because I love the mission. I first learned about Make-A-Wish over 30 years ago when my husband's family member received a wish.
Tell me about your favorite volunteer experience.
My favorite volunteer experience was granting a wish for sweet Adam. Having the opportunity to interact with Adam, and seeing his pure excitement and joy when he received "mail" from Mickey leading up to his Disney trip, was priceless. I also loved spending time with his mom and realizing how much Adam’s wish meant to their family, especially her. The wish truly made things a little lighter for them, if only for a little while.
What tips or advice do you have for others not sure about getting involved?
Initially, I was hesitant about being a wish granter and having direct contact with the families. Now, it almost feels selfish to say, but you get back so much more than you could ever give, and it personally reminds me of how blessed I am. Granting wishes is very humbling, and it is a privilege to be a part of bringing these moments of happiness to the kids and their families.