By Kimberley Donoghue PBN Web Editor Twitter: @kdonog
PROVIDENCE – A small nonprofit in Warwick working to make “wishes” come true for children with life-threatening illnesses thought somebody was playing a joke on them when they received a $100,000 grant from Walmart.
A Wish Come True Inc. was chosen by a vote of Rhode Island Walmart associates out of five statewide nonprofits.
“We thought someone was playing a joke on us because [such a sizable donation] just doesn’t happen,” said Beverly Molles, director of program services, to Providence Business News. “This is a first [for us].”
A Wish Come True is currently working on about 40 wishes for children in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. The funding from Walmart will help them complete 20 to 25 of those wishes, she said.
Walmart also gave $25,000 each to seven other local nonprofits, including:
Boys & Girls Club of Providence
Crossroads Rhode Island
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
Providence In-town Churches Association
Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport
State Giving Program,
Boys & Girls Club of Providence,
Crossroads Rhode Island,
Providence In-town Churches Association,
A Wish Come True,