Karen Reardon and Christie Meyers
Our Volunteers of the Month Karen and Christie are a mother and daughter-in-law dynamic duo. Karen became involved with Make-A-Wish first when she wanted to volunteer with an “organization that allowed [her] to meet families from all walks of life, with all types of illnesses and roadblocks on this journey of life.” Karen encouraged Christie to begin volunteering with Make-A-Wish when Christie wanted to give back after receiving an outpouring of support from her community when her daughter experienced some health issues.
As volunteer wish granters, both Karen and Christie agree the most rewarding moment of the wish process is the priceless look on the wish kid’s face when their wish is granted. While they are an incredible duo, each has their particular strengths throughout the wish granting process. Karen loves getting to meet the family and tell their story through the volunteer write-up, while Christie loves talking to the children and discovering their one-true-wish. One wish in particular stands out in their minds as very memorable. They said, “It was a wish to go to the San Diego Zoo and the local Chick-Fil-A hosted a reveal party. When we entered the restaurant, all the workers and guests were shouting our wish kid’s name! A percentage of the proceeds from each order were collected towards spending money for the family.” That incredible experience allowed them to see firsthand the impact they were making and the community’s ability to come together for the greater good.
Through their time with Make-A-Wish, Karen and Christie have developed many lifelong friendships with the families they have met. By giving back, the two have not only helped others, but enriched their own lives as well. Their best advice for future volunteer wish granters is, “Be open minded and don’t be scared to ask questions. Families appreciate that you want to learn about their children and their medical conditions. They have a story to tell and they want to tell it.”