Matt About Town: How local businesses help support Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic’s goal of turning children’s dreams into reality

Meet the CEOs of DMV companies who support the mission of Make-A-Wish

Throughout the month of April, WTOP is highlighting our partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Operation Dream Maker, which raises money to fulfill the wishes of the children of our nation’s military heroes diagnosed with critical illnesses.

Last year, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic granted 386 wishes in the D.C.-area community, and this year, with your help, they say they hope to grant even more.

The nonprofit said around a third of the kids who get wishes in the D.C. area each year are those with parents or guardians who are serving or have served in the military.

In today’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax sat down with some of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic’s corporate partners that embrace philanthropy and give back to Make-A-Wish here in the D.C. area.

These local CEOs said they all believe in the power of a wish, and some even have personal connections to the cause.

As Kaufax found out, one person’s idea to give back can inspire thousands of employees worldwide, and the spirit of giving can compound again and again — turning the dreams of countless children into real-life wishes that can help in their journeys.

Every year on April 29, World Wish Day celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Make-A-Wish. April is also both the Month of the Military Child and World Wish Month!

To find more stories like this one, meet Wish Kids of the D.C. area and learn how you can give back to the worthy cause of turning a child’s dream into reality, you can visit WTOP’s Make-A-Wish website.

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Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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