Wands to be provided for willing volunteers

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LEWISTON – The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine is in search of volunteers, called “Wish Granters,” in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties to help bring magic to children who are living with life-threatening medical conditions.

A child’s wish springs from his or her imagination – to meet their biggest hero, travel to an exotic location, be a princess for a day, have a puppy, kiss a dolphin or whatever they desire. The foundation has granted more than 700 wishes since its founding in 1992.

Wish granting volunteers work in teams of two and act as the primary contact between the “wish children” and the Make-A-Wish office for the duration of the wish process.

Each wish takes an average of 10 to 20 hours over an average of a four-month time period. Training, support and magic wands are provided. There is no financial obligation, all expenses for each wish are paid for by Make-A-Wish.

The next training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Central Maine Medical Center. For more information, call Kate Vickery at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, 221-2306, or e-mail kvickery@maine.wish.org. For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation, call 1-800-491-3171 or e-mail wishme@maine.wish.org.

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