Stephen Fisenne, Staff Writer
The sisters of Chi Omega at Wingate University were recently selling sugar cookies on campus for a good cause: the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
As the national philanthropy of Chi Omega, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has a pretty big place in their hearts. They wanted to raise money for them, as they do every year, and they decided that sugar cookies would be a sweet reward for those who wanted to donate.
Wilkey Nelon, a sophomore on campus who decided to buy a few of these cookies was “glad they’re giving back to Make-A-Wish.”
This event happened on Sept. 21 from 8 p.m. until midnight. It was apparently a huge success, garnering around $100 after costs were subtracted. They sold the cookies in small bundles, and even put sprinkles on top for some added fun.
They sold these cookies from their South Village and Greek apartments. They delivered them all around campus, but unfortunately they were not able to get them to the Hilltop apartments.
“It was great and we appreciated the support,” said Lauren Campany of Chi Omega.
Nelon said that the cookies were “even better than mom’s cooking.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation started in May of 1980 after the first “wish” was granted to a seven-year-old boy with leukemia named Chris Greicius: becoming a Department of Public Safety officer. After Chris’ funeral, people became moved by the story and in November of the same year the Make-A-Wish Foundation legally came into fruition.
Since then, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted over 300,000 wishes. They run solely off of donations like the ones that the sisters of Chi Omega make.
According to their website, wish.org, Make-A-Wish puts 79 percent of its donations into their actual programs that they do. From these donations, 37 percent comes from individuals, while 53 percent comes from corporate sponsors.
Kayla Bates, a sister of Chi Omega, shed some light as to why the support of this organization is so plentiful.
“We do it to provide hope, strength and happiness to a child with a life-threatening disease. It can provide a wish kid with the ability and willingness to comply with difficult medical treatments and the drive to keep pushing,” said Bates. “That determination can also help to improve their overall physical health as well.”
Chi Omega does fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation twice every semester, so be on the lookout for the next event that they hold. It’s sure to be as sweet as this one.
For more information please contact:
Wilkey Nelon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Campany: email@example.com
Kayla Bates: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edited by Gabriela Cabrera and Mason Teague