This is National Volunteer Week, a time when we celebrate the people who give of their time and, more importantly, their hearts, to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses and supporting our mission in other ways.
Bill and Mary Johnson are wish-granting volunteers from Nassau County who selflessly invest in others. They chose to remain in their winter home in Florida when the Covid-19 outbreak overtook the Metro New York area, but the geographic distance didn’t keep them from supporting the wish families they are working with.
When Mary checked in on wish kid Faith, she learned that the nurse who regularly visited her at home wasn’t wearing a mask. Her mother Nadia was extremely concerned about this but didn’t know where to get any. Mary jumped into action.
Her neighbors in Florida had begun sewing masks for people in their community. Bill and Mary helped, cutting fabric and assembling masks which they brought next door to be sewed. They sent masks and a bar of antibacterial soap to wash them with to Faith and Nadia to help keep them safe. Then they checked in on their other active wish families to see if they needed masks as well.
Wish kid Edwuin and his family live in the epicenter of the virus in NYC and were also without masks. The whole family is staying home, but his father still has to go out for groceries and medicine. Bill and Mary sent them masks and antibacterial soap as well.
Thank you, Bill and Mary Johnson, and all the Make-A-Wish volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of children and families every day.