Macey’s, Dan’s, Lin’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market are partnering with Make-A-Wish, as they do each year, to collect donations throughout June, aiming to grant the wishes of local children in various communities. The Make-A-Wish donation drive began June 3 and runs through June 29. 

Guests and team members can make donations both in-store and online. In-store donations can be added by asking the cashier or by scanning the barcode at self-checkouts.  

“Our team has always loved Make-A-Wish and what they represent,” said Candice Fischer, director of customer relations management at ARO. “This is a drive unlike any other that we participate in. The team loves when they get to meet and see the Make-A-Wish kids when they visit the store. We are excited to be partnering with them again.”  

Self-checkout donations must be made in $1 increments. On June 8, star-shaped doughnuts will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish. 

“We are anxious to support this worthwhile cause,” said Greg Welling, vice president of operations at ARO. “As a local company, it is important to us to support causes that benefit families in our community. Make-A-Wish impacts our communities restoring hope, providing life changing wishes. We are pleased to help make those wishes possible and we are excited for this opportunity each year.” 

The goal is to raise $100,000 to grant wishes for local children. Since partnering with Make-A-Wish Utah, Associated Food Stores has raised enough funds to grant 150 wishes for local children. Each store will focus on raising money for a local wish kid. 

Several wish kids are visiting stores during the drive, participating in activities such as cupcake decorating and making announcements over the loudspeaker. Some wish kids have also shared their favorite recipes, which can be found here. 

The support and dedication of the community are crucial in making dreams come true for these children. Together, significant impacts can be made in the lives of these local kids and their families. 

The contribution will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America’s Utah chapter. The Make-A-Wish Foundation serves children in the United States and its territories and Make-A-Wish Foundation International serves children outside the United States in 40 countries.