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I wish to give back to health care workers!


“ ...a kind gesture in a time where we need to show each other love. ”

- Michael Riordan, President, Jennifer Riordan Foundation

Wish Kid, Sam, has Wished to give back to healthcare workers like the ones who have been taking care of him during treatment!

Over the past two weeks, the community has stepped up to help grant Sam’s wish to donate at least 100 wish kits to healthcare workers fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Sam’s goal was to create 100 kits that would provide much needed items for re-entry into their homes after a shift, personal hygiene items that are hard to find, and gift cards for food to local restaurants and grocery stores.  Through the generosity of our community Sam will be able to donate 120 kits to healthcare workers and additionally, he will be donating 100 mini kits that will include some of the items off his wish list, as well as gift cards.

Sam’s wish kits will be distributed to front-line healthcare workers at Presbyterian Hospital, Lovelace Medical Center and UNMH on Wednesday, April 29, which is World Wish Day.  This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Make-A-Wish.  The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant life-changing wishes to children battling critical illnesses and to provide strength, hope and joy at a time when it is needed most.  Sam’s selfless act to give his wish back has provided hope to our entire community as everyone comes together to support our healthcare heroes."

I would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated to the wish kits,” said Wish kid, Sam.  “I could never have imagined how many people would help out to honor our healthcare workers.  I am so glad that we were able to exceed the goal of 100 kits and I hope these items will be helpful to each person who receives one.”

A special thanks to some vendors that got involved in other ways. Chisholm Trail RV donated trailers for medical staff to use as respite areas while on shift. They sent these trailers outside of the Albuquerque area, to ensure Sam’s wish reached even further. KFC donated meals to UNMH on the day of distribution and the urban hotdog company will be providing food to Presbyterian at a later date.

Chisholm Trail RV

I am so inspired that Sam would use his wish to give back to those who are fighting on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic. ”

— Clay Holderman, EVP & COO at Presbyterian Hospital & Wish Dad

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