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Danielle Gletow lends a helping hand to children in foster care

She started One Simple Wish in her home to help people grant 'wishes' to kids in foster care.

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Dunning recalls how Gletow arranged for children in the Big Brother Big Sister summer program to take a field trip to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. She also brought fun activities to the children for them to enjoy.

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"She has done some really wonderful things," Dunning says. "She is constantly keeping us informed and extending opportunities."

By granting wishes, such as providing free prom dresses to less-fortunate high school girls, Gletow's work makes a true difference, Dunning says, while also helping more people learn that they can get involved.

"I think everybody has the ability to give back in some way," Dunning says. "[Gletow] creates that avenue for everybody to give something."

Each wish that is granted, she says, has an impact that far exceeds its cost.

"A $5 gift for some of these children can really go a long way," she says. "It lets them know that people care about them."

It is still hard to believe that a simple idea, sparked by Gletow's own experience with adoption, has turned into a growing nonprofit group that already has helped thousands, she says.

"We are making more people think about creative ways to support these kids," Gletow says. "People are being inspired to take this beyond what we expected."

•To learn more about One Simple Wish, or to grant the wishes of children and families in need, visit If you are a current or former foster child, or know someone in need, contact Danielle Gletow at (609) 883-8484.

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