By Cheryl Mahoney
“People want to help people.”
This was a thought expressed by Dave Girgenti in a recent USA Today article: “Website Connects Needy to the Charitable.” Girgenti is the founder of Wish Upon a Hero, which does just what the USA Today headline suggests: connecting people in need with people who want to help.
Wish Upon a Hero is a website where anyone can post their wish–and anyone can help fulfill it. I glanced over the wishes on the front page, and found requests for gifts for family members, pleas for help to make a rent payment, hope that someone will assist with schooling, a need for special equipment for a handicapped sibling…some wishes are big, but many are just people who need a little bit of help. Check it out and see what you find, but be warned–some stories are heartbreaking.
It reminds me that what most of us probably take for granted–money for rent, the ability to buy a gift–can be someone else’s dearest wish.
So often people say, “I wish I could help someone, but I don’t know how.” And so many people are saying, “I wish someone could help me.” Wish Upon a Hero brings these two groups together –and it’s working. According to the counter on the site, almost 31,000 wishes have been granted so far. With those results, one could almost imagine they’re using pixie dust!