Here’s a touching story for the holidays. Jasmina Anema, a 6-year-old leukemia patient from New York, had a big request for the Make-A-Wish Foundation: She wanted to meet President Obama. With a big assist from Washington, the Foundation granted her wish and she was scheduled to spend Thanksgiving at the White House. Sadly, the little girl fell ill once in Washington and was admitted to the hospital. Thankfully, she was released on Wednesday and was finally able to see her dream fulfilled.
Jasmina and her mom went to the White House, where the young girl spent 10 minutes with the president. According to the New York Daily News, Jasmina talked to President Obama about their mutual love for books (the Judy Moody series is her favorite) and told him she hoped to get a violin for Christmas. In addition to getting a tour of the White House, Jasmina was given a box of M&Ms and a yo-yo both imprinted with the presidential seal.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of many worthy charitable organizations that have been hit by the recession. Hopefully, stories like Jasmina’s will remind us to continue being generous in our giving during this busy holiday season.