Make-A-Wish® Missouri Hosting Walk for Wishes

Make a WishMake-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

This year Make-A-Wish® Missouri will be hosting the Make-A-Wish® Walk for Wishes, scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Forest Park. This is a great family-oriented event that includes a 5K run, a family fun walk and endless activities for children.  Make-A-Wish®Missouri grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with Hope, Strength and Joy.  Make-A-Wish Missouri has granted over 5,000 wishes to date and serves 115 counties in Missouri and 6 counties in Kansas.  Last year, here in St. Louis, Make-A-Wish® was able to grant 139 wishes of local children.  They are able to do this because of great events like the Run & Walk for Wishes.  80.5 cents of every dollar we raise will aid in the granting of a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

If you have some time, I encourage you to visit the Make-A-Wish® website and read some of the heartwarming stories, as well as how to get involved with this amazing organization.


Interested in donating? Follow the link

Interested in participating in the Walk for Wishes? You can also sponsor a walker if you are unable to attend yourself. Follow the link


HKA December Charities- We’re “Almost Home” For The Holidays!

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On December 6th, the Hauk Kruse family assisted the families at Almost Home in Saint Louis to make their holidays even brighter by decorating their homes for the holidays. When I went to Almost Home, I didn’t know what to expect.   I knew that the home housed about 10-15 young women with their children.  What I didn’t realize was that the organization wasn’t just a housing rehabilitation facility,  it was really so much more; it was a home.

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Lauren, the Development Coordinator was welcoming and informative.  She showed us the living space and we began to decorate the halls. As we decorated, I couldn’t help but think about what their day might be like.  These ladies get up every morning, get ready for school or work, take care of their children with the understanding that there is no husband, parent, grandparent or friend to assist them.  They are the breadwinner, they are ultimately, solely responsible for their destinies.

What makes these women different is that they never had a helping hand.  They were born into the world with no great advice from dad or the loving embrace of their mother. They came into this world not knowing what the next day would bring.  Coming from a place of strength in my family unit, it was hard for me to get my head around this.  The only resolve I have is to have nothing but complete compassion and admiration for the strength of these women.

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(From Left) Jessica Murphy, Abby Romberger

Last year, my sister Amanda and her husband Justin welcomed their first child.  Over the past year, I have seen and experienced second hand all that goes into properly raising a child.  In itself, it is truly the hardest profession to undertake.  These ladies do it every day.  Almost Home acts as a safe “rite of passage” so that they can take on other aspirations like school and work.  Almost Home provides for the continued development for these ladies and their children.

As we finished the decorating, I found comfort in the belief that these ladies will overcome.  They have been provided a place to start again in a new direction filled with love, support and opportunity; and some great mentors to help guide their way. They are my new heroes.

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(From Left)Brian Godfroid, Julio Davila, Blake Will & Bill Kruse

I have gratitude for Almost Home, for the people like Lauren and the rest of the team there who dedicate their lives to assisting others.

Please donate to Almost Home today by clicking here.