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Wishes & More fulfills the wishes of youth up to age 19 who have a terminal or life-threatening illness to help bring joy into lives that have become burdened with fear and trauma. Wishes can range from items, such as nursery equipment or new cars, to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a trip to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup, a family ski vacation, and the chance to meet a personal hero, be it Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis or Jackie Chan. Wishes & More also provides $1,000 memorial-fund grants to the parents of children who did not live to experience their wish and $1,000 Scholarship of Hope grants to fund young people's transition to higher education following a terminal diagnosis and recovery.

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961 Hillwind Road Northeast
Fridley,
MN
US

As unprejudiced advocates for the equal and humane treatment of all dogs, the all-volunteer organization A Rotta Love Plus (ARLP) works to approach issues faced by Rottweilers and pit bulls. Volunteers conduct public outreach and awareness programs that repair the reputation of these breeds, including a therapy dog program with at-risk youth, spay and neuter initiatives, owner education and training, and foster-based rescue and rehoming. Along with pit-bull and Rottweiler adoption and foster-program services, ARLP hosts fairs where pet owners can take their dogs for free spay or neuter services, microchips, and vaccinations from low-cost, high quality mobile vet teams. ARLP volunteer trainers also lead eight-week obedience courses for pit bulls and Rottweilers and hold basic dog-safety programs for children.

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1710 Douglas Drive North
Crystal,
MN
US

When Mark and Susan Lacek's baby died two weeks before she was to be born, they admitted that their "world was shattered." They named her Faith to represent the faith they'd need to get them through this dark period. In her honor, they also founded Faith's Lodge to help other parents remain strong in the face of grief.

Faith's Lodge provides a respite for referred families that have suffered the loss of a child in the past three years or have a child with a serious illness. Set on 80 acres of tranquil northern Wisconsin woodland, the Lodge has eight guest suites, a reading library, an arts and crafts space, and a network of trails. Families can stay in the suites up to five nights once a year for a suggested donation or with scholarship help. During their stay, the Lodge runs therapeutic activities including journaling, woodworking, and painting memorial heart stones to help parents work through their grief. Group therapy and a welcome dinner bring bereaved families together, and parents are encouraged to take walks in the woods or spend time in quiet reflection.

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4080 West Broadway Avenue
Robbinsdale,
MN
US

Paws for a Cause is a 3 year old non-profit animal rescue that is dedicated to the rehoming of abused, abandoned and homeless dogs in MN, IA and WI

3059 16th Street Northwest
New Brighton,
MN
US

Mother-and-daughter team Pam and Emily Philipp founded Operation Glass Slipper in 2006 to help high-school girls prepare for their proms. Girls who cannot afford the high cost of attending and outfitting themselves for prom can confide in a trusted adult from their school or community to obtain a referral to the program. The girls then choose a dress, purse, shoes, a necklace, and earrings from Operation Glass Slipper's inventory, which is made up primarily of new shoes and accessories and donated dresses, although the organization must purchase additional dresses to fill gaps in sizes. The girls can also bring a female companion to help them shop. Since its inception, Operation Glass Slipper has outfitted more than 1,000 girls for prom each year.

4021 Silver Lake Ter NE
Saint Anthony,
Minnesota
US

For nearly a century, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has provided medical care for children along with clinical and surgical services. With 380 staffed beds at two campuses, the hospitals care for more than 125,700 kids each year. Their pediatric services subscribe to the most current research models and employ innovative practices to maximize the quality of care it provides.

Children’s cultivates a positive and welcoming environment for patients by providing kid-friendly diversions as well as resources for their families. Kids can take part in programming from Star Studio, the in-hospital TV channel, and parents can turn to interpreter services or parenting professionals for assistance.

Children’s will soon complete state-of-the-art renovations on both campuses, which will include private patient rooms, expanded surgery and triage centers, and an internal Ronald McDonald House. The additions will foster an open and airy atmosphere that provides comfort for patients, with designs that integrate science, art, and nature.

420 Southeast Main Street
Minneapolis,
MN
US