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Wishes in Flight drive today, donate airline miles to Make-A-Wish South Dakota

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The Make-A-Wish Wishes in Flight drive is going on all day today.

Donate any unused airline miles to help make wishes come true for South Dakota kids with life-threatening medical conditions. The February 27 effort will benefit Make-A-Wish® South Dakota, enabling the chapter to grant travel wishes to kids across the state.

More than 65 percent of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish require air travel, the largest expense of the chapter's annual wish budget. Miles from Delta, United, and US Airways are accepted. Once the miles are donated they never expire and 100 percent of the donated miles stay in South Dakota. Over the last two years more than 5 million miles have been donated, saving the organization more than $50,000 in airfare.

Miles will be accepted that day by calling 1.800.640.9198. Miles can also be donated online anytime at southdakota.wish.org. A minimum donation of 1,000 miles is required for Delta and U.S. Airways and 500 miles for United. To expedite the process, you need to have your account number and know exactly how many miles you would like to donate.

"Donating frequent flier miles makes a significant difference in helping us to fulfill our mission of granting wishes," Paul Krueger, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota said. "This campaign is a unique way to support the sick kids and families we are serving."

Krueger said no matter how many miles you donate, the impact is enormous. He said it takes 40,000 to 50,000 miles for one ticket and once your miles are donated to Make-A-Wish they will never expire.

For travel wishes typically the wish child, his or her parents or guardians and immediate siblings living at home are included in the wish. The largest family that traveled this past year had 10 members.

The statewide effort is made possible by KSFY, NewsCenter1, Midco Connections, and Midcontinent Communications.

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