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One Woman’s Mission to Grant the Wishes of Children Living in Foster Care

CNN has posted this great story about Danielle Gletow, whom they’ve named one of their “10 CNN Heroes of 2013.” In 2008, Gletow founded One Simple Wish, a website that allows kids in the foster care system to post a “wish”—basically an item they want, but can’t afford—that site visitors can donate toward granting. The wishes have included everything from a suit to attend a family member’s funeral and plane tickets to reunite with relatives to bicycles and varsity letterman jackets—items that can be taken for granted by children growing up in more traditional circumstances. Since 2006, Gletow (who is now 34) and her husband have been foster parents, and even adopted one of the children in their care. According to government data, there are currently more than 400,000 children living in the foster care system across the U.S. Gletow told CNN, “I just felt like, this is my opportunity to create something that makes it possible for all of these children who need something to get connected to all of these wonderful people that are out there, that want to help them” …

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