In 2018, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alabama will be the sole charity partner of America’s Thrift Stores locations in the state, which the store said will help increase the number of kids who will have their wish fulfilled by the charity.
The move comes after three Alabama charities, including Make-A-Wish, were partners with America’s Thrift Stores for 25 years.
“This is a major change for us. The transition to a single charity partner, with Make-A-Wish of Alabama, will allow us to streamline our efforts and deliver a clear single message to both our donors and customers,” said Ken Sobaski, president and CEO of America’s Thrift Stores. “In this way, we can grow our presence, grow donations and thereby benefit Make-A-Wish throughout Alabama.”
About 130 wishes were granted by the charity last year, although 300 children are on the list to receive their wish.
Pam Jones, CEO of Make-A-Wish of Alabama, said the charity being the single donation partner of America’s Thrift Stores in Alabama will help Make-A-Wish grant more wishes.
“The funds raised through the donations collected by America’s Thrift Stores will be used to grant even more wishes to Alabama children,” Jones said. “We have granted over 600 wishes to Alabama children in the past five years alone; however, there are many more qualifying children who are waiting on a wish. This partnership with America’s Thrift Stores will enable us to make those dreams of wishes to become a reality.”