What is Special Holiday Wants?
In 2016, Special Wants: A Bacon and Juice Boxes Project decided to launch a simple “holiday gift exchange” to help grant wishes for families who have a special need’s loved one (and their siblings!) We know that it can be expensive to pay for therapies and treatments and wanted to alleviate the financial burden around the holidays for these families. It was completed using a basic excel sheet where people requested wishes, and then other people granted those wishes. It was an amazing success! We granted over 500 wishes that first year!
In 2017, we knew we need a better way to manage the holiday gift exchange, and we implemented a new website and made it hopefully easier for people to sign up and even easier for “angels” as we like to refer to them, to grant wishes. And after another crazy successful year, we had granted 1,300 wishes. And after more website enhancements are more people learning about our mission, in 2018, we granted 1,800 wishes.
So in total, over 3 years, approximately 3,600 wishes were granted fulfilling 100% of the wishes requested.
For 2019, we are excited to run the holiday gift exchange this year as our first year as a 501c3 non-profit organization! We also have a new website domain, and added new features to the website to continue to grow and improve this initiative.
We have been blessed by so many angels within this special community! We hope you find this website easy to use, and encourage you to share the link with others who may want to consider being an “angel” and granting wishes this year!