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[DCS] One Simple Wish & Hasbro Deliver Toys & Games to Indiana Foster Children During Foster Care Awareness Month
Start Date: 5/17/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/18/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS – May 16, 2013 – One Simple Wish, the NJ-based nonprofit that grants simple wishes to foster children and vulnerable families, has begun its second annual wish granting journey – this year partnering with Hasbro, Inc. to deliver over 3,000 toys and games to foster kids throughout the US. Today The Children’s Museum in Indianapolis became the first stop as toys were delivered to 120 Indiana foster family children.


“May is National Foster Care Awareness Month and we thought there was no better way to raise awareness than by taking our wish granting program across the country, showing the general public that there are many ways they can support youth in foster care,” says Danielle Gletow, One Simple Wish’s Founder and Executive Director.  “There are currently over 400,000 children in foster care in the US, and our goal is to provide for each and every one of them.  And we’re well on our way to that goal having served over 20,000 individuals in its few short years of existence through 350 Community Partners in 36 states.”


The Indiana Department of Child Services is one of those community partners. Before today, 47 Indiana foster children have had their wishes granted. “I have witnessed firsthand the dedication of foster parents and the positive impact they can make for a child in need,” said Mary Beth Bonaventura, DCS Director. “One Simple Wish has provided this much appreciated opportunity to recognize and support some of our foster families by providing these wonderful toys and games to these children. I know it will shine a spotlight on the importance and unique commitments of foster families everywhere.”


Gletow, who was recently named a CNN hero for the work she has done on behalf of foster children, will also travel to Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio through May 25, where she will deliver the thousands of toys and games donated by Hasbro at events planned with social service partners in those states.  “We are so grateful for the support we have received from Hasbro, as well as from donors around the country,” says Gletow.  “Our hope is to continue the momentum, so that our cause stays top of mind.”


By raising awareness with this tour, the organization hopes to showcase one of its key initiatives: showing the community that anyone can make a difference in the life of a foster child, and that a simple wish granted can have a big and lasting impact. “The website was developed as a place where social service providers can post the simple wishes of the children they are working with every day so that people all over the country then find a wish that speaks to their heart and budget and make it a reality,” says Gletow.


Through its unique take on giving, One Simple Wish acts as matchmaker, creating a system where the social service agencies and other non-profit organizations providing services to foster children can reach out to the public and ask that a specific need or wish be met for a specific child.  And with most wishes on the website ( averaging at just about $50, it allows most anyone to be able to make an impact.


“One Simple Wish makes giving easy and meaningful, but more importantly, it tangibly shows our nation’s foster kids and at-risk youth that someone cares about them enough to not only recognize their wishes, but to grant them as well. Our site proves that there is tons of love and hope out there,” says Gletow.



About One Simple Wish

One Simple Wish is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to granting simple wishes to foster children, at-risk youth and impoverished families.  Through our website ( donors can browse through hundreds of wishes posted on behalf of these individuals and select a specific wish to grant.  Wishes range in value from $5 to $100, making wish granting simple and affordable.  As of April 2013, One Simple Wish has proudly granted more than 5000 wishes to children and families in need. For more information about One Simple Wish; to grant a wish; to volunteer; or to recommend an organization for possible inclusion in OSW’s Community Partner Network, please visit or call 609-883-8484.

Contact Information:
Name: Rich Allen, Assistant Communications Director
Phone: 317.232.4424
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
  • Kids and Families
  • Category:
  • Family & Health
  • Agency Name
    Child Services, Indiana Department of

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