Illinois has learned of some suspicious activity in retail locations in Chicago and the suburbs over the past couple of months in which a team of two men are soliciting cash donations for Make-A-Wish. In various reports, the men have shown pictures of a supposed wish child or offered low value gift cards in exchange for donations. Occurrences have been reported in Chicago, Hickory Hills, Buffalo Grove and other west and northwest suburbs outside of a variety of retailers including Walgreens, Dominick’s and Treasure Island.
These donation requests are not authorized by Make-A-Wish Illinois and the organization does not receive any of the funds contributed through these solicitations.
“The best way to be sure that your contribution will help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in Illinois is to contact us directly by phone, mail or online at illinois.wish.org,” said Make-A-Wish Illinois Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Springs.
Information on authorized fundraisers is available illinois.wish.org or can be verified by a call to 312.602.WISH (9474).
Those wishing to contribute by mail can send checks Make-A-Wish Illinois, 640 N. LaSalle Dr., Suite 280, Chicago, Illinois 60654-3754.
If you have any information about these unsanctioned solicitations or have questions about other Make-A-Wish fundraisers, please contact Make-A-Wish Illinois at 312.602.9474.