Nebraska Make-A-Wish Hosts Family Christmas Event

Kearney, NE According to the Make-A-Wish Foundation they grant a wish every 38 minutes.

Saturday the Nebraska chapter hosted a Family Christmas in Kearney for at least 60 make a wish kids and their families. It was a celebration attended by 45 make a wish families from across Nebraska.

"I guess this is really fun and you can do fun stuff," said 12 year old Spencer Schutte, a Make-A-Wish kid from Kearney.

Make-A-Wish officials said this annual event is important to each family.

Megan Mitchell, a member of the Make-A-Wish Friends Council said, "This is something that them and their families look forward to every year to come and share this time together and get to do fun things together. They don't get to do a lot of those things sometimes."

Spencer's family has been coming for 3 years and said they would never miss it.

"This Make-A-Wish Christmas Party is a very special for our family, we look forward to it every year. They have a lot of fun, memorable activities and we really enjoy it," said Spencer's mother Wendy Schutte.

The event is underwritten by West Pharmaceuticals who added to their contributions this year.

"This year we tied a little bit more into that and decided to put up a giving tree in our break room for our employees. Got an amazing group of people that work out there," said Dewayne Gohl, the Operations Director of West Pharmaceuticals in Kearney. "All of the ornaments that we had on the tree all disappeared and all the gifts were returned back to West in time for the party."
Also in attendance was the Tri-City Storm welcoming kids to a game for free and families for only $15.

"We're really excited to kick off a fundraiser for December 13 at our Storm game where we're giving back $10 of every ticket that's sold through our Make-A-Wish group and that will go straight back to Make-A-Wish so we're excited to get a lot of people out there, hope all the families and the children can come out for a fun night," said Alicia Korte, the Group Sales and Customer Relations Manager for the Tri-City Storm.

A fun night out that's grown in attendance each year.

"Since the time I've been involved with the Make-A-Wish Council, this is probably our largest year so far," said Mitchell.

"That just means more kids are getting to make a wish and that is a wonderful thing," added Wendy Schutte,

Kids really appreciate the foundation for the event.

"It's pretty nice. Yea, it's nice," said 12-year old Amy Ruiz from Grand Island.

15-year old Lexington native Samantha Baires added, "It's really special. It makes you feel good about yourself."

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