Make-A-Wish 2019 NW Ohio BIG Wish® Gala…pass the tissues, please!


As the old saying goes: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Three big principles of any solid financial plan are to save, spend and give. Most people forget about the giving part, though, because they think mostly about saving and spending.

But giving is just as important. It softens the heart of the giver and frees their soul from dependence on money. You’ll never walk away from giving feeling bad! (Source)

Those wise words from the money guru himself, Dave Ramsey, resonate in my mind as I eagerly raid my closet for something to wear to the upcoming Make-A-Wish 2019 Toledo BIG Wish® Gala!

There are currently 25 children in northwest Ohio who are awaiting their wish.

For details on how to get engaged with our chapter, please visit & follow on social media @makeawishohkyin.

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The organization is on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey.


Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana (Make-A-Wish OKI) will celebrate the dozens of life-changing wishes granted last year in northwest Ohio, and the generous community who helped bring those wishes to life at the Northwest Ohio BIG Wish® Gala presented by Toledo Molding & Die, Inc. on Friday, April 12th at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel.


This year’s gala honors the 15th anniversary of wish kid Travis’ book, “The Spider Who Never Gave Up.” Make-A-Wish OKI granted Travis’ wish to write the inspirational children’s book in 2004. Since then, Travis, who battles Cystic Fibrosis, has donated and sold more than 10,000 copies!

“Make-A-Wish is the reason I became the person that I am today.


“After a lifetime of Cystic Fibrosis and two double-lung transplants, I have learned a lot about life and purpose,” said Travis. “Make-A-Wish is the reason I became the person that I am today. My purpose was to make sure Sparkey’s message reached people. Make-A-Wish fulfilled my purpose.”

Several wish kids will be honored during the program including wish kid Braylon. His parents will share about his wish experience to go to the Pro Bowl.


Make-A-Wish OKI Gala special guest and emcee is 13ABC’s Christina Williams!

Huge shout out to all the generous sponsors for this year’s gala including Toledo Molding & Die, Inc., Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

To learn more visit:


WHEN: Friday, April 12th, 2019

6:30 p.m. Registration & Cocktail Reception

7:30 p.m. Program Begins


WHERE: Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

44 North Summit Street

Toledo, OH 43604


There are currently 25 children in northwest Ohio who are awaiting their wish.

The Toledo community can visit to learn more about ways to support Make-A-Wish and help make wishes come true for kids in northwest Ohio.

Tuesday’s Tip: Donating Done Easily

I realize most moms always have the best intentions of donating to a charity on a regular basis but it can be difficult – life gets in the way. Also with the current state of the economy most families are on a strict budget leaving little room for charities. But it can be done. After some trial and error we have adopted a foolproof method for collecting items for our local charities at a fraction of the price – and you can too with these simple steps.

  1. Purchase a bin; you can decide what size works best based on how many items you will be donating and how frequently you will donate. (I have a small one I keep in my pantry and a larger one in the basement to place the items when the smaller bin is full).
  2. Print off the charities wish list.
  3. Tape that wish list on the inside lid of bin.
  4. Before a trip to the grocery store reference the list with the weekly ad, note if any items are on sale, then take it a step further, clip for the cause, check your coupons to see if you have any for the items that are listed. Write those items down, grab the coupons, and hit the road.
  5. When you get home place those items in the bin. I like to have mine conveniently placed in the pantry but you can decide what location works best for you.
  6. Then, determine a day that you will designate as donation day and drive to the charity and drop off your donation. I often wait till I have a large bin to donate, usually every other month.

Once you are in the habit of referencing the charity’s list prior to a grocery trip donating can become second nature and thanks to the weekly deals and coupons the items cost mere pennies.

Learning Opportunity

Whenever possible be certain to share what you are doing with your children. Explain why the bin is there, that others do not have everything that your family has, and why it is important to donate. Also, when possible, have your children go with you to donate the goods.