LETTER: Dream Factory still strives to grant wishes

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

During National Volunteer Month, The Dream Factory of Sanford will be celebrating its first anniversary.

We started out around a dining room table with expectations of granting wishes and dreams to critically or chronically ill children from 3 to 18 years old in Sanford and the surrounding area. We hold monthly meetings at the Pizza Hut in Sanford on the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. We hold it there in a public place for that sole reason.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us reach more people, to help us raise more funds for these wishes and dreams. We need more ideas and more fundraisers.

We are a 100 percent volunteer chapter that has to raise its own funds, and we are a nonprofit organization. We can be reached at (919) 258-5329 or at Sanford@dreamfactoryinc.org. Since our inception, we have granted two wishes and are working on two more.

The first one was on June 11 , 2012, for a scavenger hunt at Walmart in Sanford for a bright 13-year-old with cerebral palsy. That was followed by his adopted sister, an 8-year-old young lady who has Dandy Walkers Syndrome and cannot play in the sun. So, we got her a swing set with a roof and covered slide on Nov. 24, 2012.

At present time, we have a 13-year-old who wants to see Taylor Swift, who is coming Sept. 13 to N.C. and is already sold out. Our national headquarters is trying to get tickets for her and the family. We have a 4-year-old girl who has Syringomyelia. She wants to go in the cup and saucer ride and see fireworks, but she does not like crowds or lots of rides. So, what we want to do is send her and her family to Give Kids The World with a day trip to Disney so that she can go on a few rides, including the cup and saucer, and hopefully see some fireworks.

Charlene Watson

Area Coordinator

Dream Factory of Sanford