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Donor Spotlight: Hometown Heroes

Each year, the FDNY and NYPD grant the wishes of children from around the world who travel to New York for their one special wish. Both organizations provide world-class experiences for these children, who in their darkest times are inspired by the brave men and women who keep our city safe each day. From wishes to be a FDNY firefighter, catch a bad guy with the NYPD, or meet the heroes of 9/11, these amazing men and women go above and beyond to provide a day that celebrates a child’s strength, optimism, and imagination.


This October, we express our deepest gratitude to our hometown heroes. We are privileged to call the FDNY and NYPD wish granters, not just one night, but throughout the year. Thank you for all that you do each day to provide joy and healing to those children who need it most.

Our Favorite Superheroes

Lilly’s Wish To Be A Zookeeper

Lilly was diagnosed with leukemia last September. She’s spent the past year enduring a bone marrow transplant and multiple rounds of chemotherapy. While she was recovering at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, she escaped reality by watching “The Zoo” on Animal Planet.


Lilly has a deep love of animals and finds solace in helping them. She dreamed about one thing – to be a zookeeper at the famous Bronx Zoo. It was something she could never do on her own, but with your help, she did just that.

How to Help

Become a Monthly Donor

Your monthly contribution will have a direct impact on the life of wish kids - we can't do it without you.

Volunteer Your Time

Only volunteers grant wishes! Join a caring community and see firsthand the power of hope when you help transform the life of a child.

Raise Funds

The only limit is your imagination. Host an event, donate your birthday, start a dress-down day at the office... the opportunities are endless!

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