In March, Jersey Mike’s in Altus and the Altus Police Department teamed up to raise money for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation during the Month of Caring. The fundraiser allowed donors to put a whipped cream pie in an Altus Police officer’s face.
Among those participating were Jersey Mike’s Manager Nancy Drury and Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy who have both seen what the Make-A-Wish Foundation gives to children with life-threatening illnesses through the lives of their own children, Keith and Amber. With the support of the entire police force, the Jersey Mike’s team and countless members of the community, the fundraiser was not only fun but successful.
The Altus Police Department and Jersey Mike’s presented a check for $10,124.99 to the Oklahoma Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation raised from the Pie-A-Cop Fundraiser in March.
In the 2016 fiscal year, Make-A-Wish granted more than 15,300 wishes, the most wishes granted since the foundation’s establishment in 1980. Each wish is driven by the child’s interests, creativity, and personality to make the experience personal and meaningful.
“Our motto is giving strength, hope, and joy,” President and CEO of the Oklahoma Make-A-Wish Chapter Bradley Barghols said. “The money that is raised in Oklahoma stays in Oklahoma without outside funding.”
While the Oklahoma chapter has about 200 children on their list waiting for a wish to be fulfilled, there may only be enough funding to grant 150 wishes in a year. For Barhgols, there is no time to waste in granting a wish for an ill child.
“People have a misconception that Make-A-Wish is for children with terminal illnesses, but that’s not true,” Barghols said. “But it is a chance to do something for a child that’s forever.”
According to Barghols, 88 percent of doctors say that a child who receives a wish is more likely to thrive and improve, and Barghols has seen that in his own child who was part of Make-A-Wish at age 9 and will be graduating from college soon.
“It’s not only the children who benefit but the families as well,” Barghols said. “That’s the hope and joy that we want to give.”
With more than 33,000 active volunteers in the U.S. and chapters in every community in the country, there are several ways to get involved in the foundation by donating money, time, items, and through the Adopt-A-Wish program that allows donors to fund a wish of his or her choosing.
To make a donation, visit Make-A-Wish Oklahoma at oklahoma.wish.org and click ‘donate,’ or call Bradley Barghols at 405-286-4000.