The majority of the wishes we receive are very urgent. Emergency medical situations, children’s needs, and other basic needs like food, shelter, and transportation are common wishes that we receive and grant every day. For those wishes, we utilize our charity’s funds and we grant the wishes immediately. When a wish is submitted to WISH for OUR HEROES, the first step is to screen the wish and verify the legitimacy of the wish and circumstance. This step includes the verification of military status, as well as verification of the need being requested. The level of diligence work varies depending on the magnitude and circumstances surrounding the wish. As soon as the diligence work has been completed, the wish is submitted to our Wish Committee. Our Wish Committee consists of 5 members, and each member votes on all wishes to determine which wishes will be granted, as well as the budget for each wish. Typically our Wish Committee meets one time per week, but for emergency wishes, we will meet in a matter of hours or even minutes. The wishes are divided into 4 categories:
Category 1: Grant immediately using our charity’s funds. Wish will be granted within days.
Category 2: Wish is approved and will be granted, but it’s not as time-sensitive, so it will posted on the website for a period of time, and viewers can participate in granting the wish by donating directly to the wish.
Category 3: Wish is approved, but it requires significant coordination (volunteers, wish sponsors, or partners)
Category 4: Wish is not approved. Fraudulent activity, extravagant spending or lack of documentation may disqualify a wish submission.
Wishes posted online in our “Current Wishes” section are all category 2 wishes. They are all wishes that have been approved for granting by the Wish Committee, but have been posted to allow donors to assist in granting them. 100% of the funds you donate to any of the wishes will be used for THAT SPECIFIC WISH ONLY. When it’s time to grant the wish, we will use the funds you donated and then we will fill in the balance of the funds from WISH for OUR HEROES to grant the wish. Of course, all donations are tax deductible.VIEW CURRENT WISHES