Little Wishes 2009
Below are a few of our "Little Wishes" from children who are homeless, low-income or in foster care. Their names and circumstances have been changed to protect their identity. Their wishes are real.
Our "Little Wishes" Program provides children with an opportunity to fulfill dreams and build hope and self-esteem. It allows the children we serve to fit in with their peers. Blue Skies actively seeks community partnerships to grant "Little Wishes".
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"Collin” made a Little Wish for karate, hoping it would teach him self discipline and to better himself. “Collin” is 14 years old and suffers from A.D.H.D. Since starting karate in January 2008, “Collin’s” instructor reports that “He is a great kid and is becoming a real leader. This boy is going to go places if he keeps on the right track!” His father said “Collin is more patient and is better at controlling his emotions. He is also able to focus and concentrate better since working with Bob, his karate instructor. “Collin’s” interest and pride in learning karate has increased his self confidence, and his behavior and attitude have had major improvements”.
13 year old “Austin” first experienced playing the tenor saxophone in his music class at school and he loved it! “Austin’s” Little Wish is to take private saxophone lessons and then try out for the jazz band. His mom reports that “not only has “Austin” really taken to his music lessons, it has also helped him with his school work and overall self esteem. He is now the best tenor sax player in his school and this is his first time having this kind of accomplishment”. “Austin” has been sponsored through BSFC since January, 2008 and we are glad to report that he is continuing his lessons, still participating in his school band, and is now part of the Bellingham Youth Jazz Project, a local non-profit organization that promotes community development by making jazz music accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.
“Colby” and “Erin”
“Colby” age 13 and “Erin” age 6 are brother and sister who participate in swim lessons. Both kids wanted to learn how to swim to give them self confidence in and out of the water and to keep them “happy and healthy.” Their parents agreed to find a way to get them swim lessons if the kids would work hard to keep their grades up. Their swim coach states that “Colby has a big part on the swim team and he is focused and motivated. He is also a role model to the younger kids. I am so proud of Colby. He is a good kid and I can see him excel in the swim program.” “Erin” is the younger of the two kids and her coach says, “She is very spirited and very nice to have in class. She is always happy and really connects with other students and coaches.” Their mom reports that “both children are gaining self confidence and self-esteem!”
6 year old Ivy has had to fight some tough battles in her young life. She almost died due to liver failure. Two years ago she had a liver transplant. Ivy continues to take a lot of medicine that often times makes her sick. Therefore, she spends a lot of time at home. She also goes to a lot of doctor appointments and to the hospital for check ups. Ivy and her mom decided she needed something happy to look forward to. Ivy loves to dance! In fact, she wants to be a ballet teacher when she grows up. She started ballet/tap in August 2008, and her mom tells us that “Ivy” is much happier, her self confidence has improved, and dancing also makes her increase her strength.
We couldn't have done it without the help of our community! In 2009, Blue Skies:
- Sponsored an astounding 4500 enrichment sessions through the Little Wishes Enrichment Program.
- Distributed 322 Back-to-School Vouchers.
- Granted over 175 One-Time Little Wishes.
- Loaned instruments to two dozen children.
- Gave more than 165 children coats, hats, gloves, and blankets through our Winter Warm-Up Program.
- Rolled out The Driver's Education Scholarship Program and gave scholarships to seven teens to assist with the cost of a Driver's Education Course.
With your help, we sponsored more than 2500 enrichment sessions, granted over 470 One-Time Little Wishes, and distributed over 200 Back-to-School vouchers.
Thank you to all who helped us grant Little Wishes in 2007!
We sponsored over 1600 enrichment sessions, granted more than 100 One-Time Little Wishes. We granted 24 Little Wishes for bikes, and more than 12 computers were given to families who needed them.