The Christmas season is a magical time of year that somehow has the ability to make even the worst situations seem less daunting.  It is during this time of year that children believe in miracles, and the Lehigh Valley International Airport was proud and honored to offer a small miracle to the children of the Dream Come True Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, this past weekend.

About 75 children who are seriously, chronically, or terminally ill boarded a plane at the Lehigh Valley Airport in preparation to be taken to the North Pole to meet Santa and experience the magic that everyone knows awaits!  The plane took off, flew around for a half-hour, then landed on the other side of the airport, which was transformed to look like the North Pole.  The children emptied the plane and got to walk the red carpet to meet Santa, where surprises and gifts awaited them.  They also had dinner served to them in the North Pole before boarding the plane to head home!  The full article includes a video that truly depicts the happiness that is brought to these children from the Dream Come True Foundation.

The Dream Come True Foundation of the Lehigh Valley granted its first wish in 1984 and has since granted over 900 more wishes to children between 4 and 17 years of age who are seriously, chronically, or terminally ill.  That is what makes Dream Come True unique.  The foundation is not just for terminally ill children, but for the ones who will get better and hopefully live to enrich another child’s life.

Disney World continues to be the number one wish for the children of Dream Come True, and most get to stay at Give Kids the World, a place where they can have ice cream for breakfast and play mini-golf as many times as they want!  None of this would be possible without the contributions from sponsors, individuals, and other businesses, as Dream Come True does not receive any government funding.

Our contributions come from individual, corporate, grants, organizations, memorial tributes, planned giving and in-kind services.

Many school groups will hold fund raising events such as penny wars, dress down days, coin collection, raffles and various contests to raise money.  Businesses will host dress down days, golf tournaments or find other unique ways to help us.  Many organizations such as women’s groups, clubs, associations to name a few adopt us as their charity.  They feel strongly about our mission and openly support our cause.

Many schools or organizations wish to sponsor a specific child.   Organizations or schools may adopt a child where they specifically raise funds for their dream.  Many times they are introduced to the child and pictures are sent after the dream is completed.  This helps personalize for the organization and shows those raising them money tangible evidence of the happiness a dream brings to the child.

Anyone can sponsor a dream or a specific child to offer happiness and caring where all hope may have been lost.  All children should have the opportunity to experience the magic of Christmas and the happiness of the season.

How are you putting a smile on a child’s face this Christmas?

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