The Wallingford Wishing Well was contacted with a family in need. The washing machine died, the only car died, the mom just lost her job and their 7 year old son just had a large brain tumor removed and was going through radiation therapy. Two of our members arrived at their house to interview the family. The child with the brain operation noticed the Wallingford Wishing Well hat which the member was wearing and so he thought he would be granted 3 wishes. His first wish was to be cured of any cancer. It was explained that he must start out with easier wishes and he obliged by wishing for a case of blue Kool-Aid. It was explained that the chemo and treatment left him thirsty and he liked blue Kool-Aid so he was given a Wallingford Wishing Well hat and two cases of blue Kool-Aid were dropped off at the front porch hours later.
After several days WWW received a phone call and his second wish was to be a fireman for a day. With the help of the Wallingford Fire Department, he and his Mom, Dad and younger brother were taken first to the North Farms Fire House. There he and his brother tried on the fire protection gear, sat in a fire truck and met several firemen. Next he was taken to the Central Firehouse and again given a tour of the headquarters. Smiling from ear to ear they all returned to the North Farms Firehouse where pizza and fireman cartoons were shown for all to enjoy
The child resumed a normal life and after 5 years of being cancer free his Mom and Dad threw him a victory party. The two original people from the Wallingford Wishing Well that interviewed the family were invited to the party. When they arrived the cancer survivor was excited with the hope of the third wish. He remembered the Kool-Aid and the Fireman for a day; and with that thought in mind he asked where his third wish wash. The response was “You already received it. Your first wish was to get better and be cancer free. Isn’t that why we are here?”
Follow-up: The young man has graduated from college and continues to live and work in the Wallingford community. He and his family still work and support the WWW and the good deeds they do for neighbors.
None of this would have been possible without the entire community always helping the Wallingford Wishing Well in so many ways it would fill volumes.