For the past two winters, volunteer Tami Bliss has traveled across greater Detroit to collect more than 4,000 letters written to Santa. In the summers, she’s cycled 300 miles across Michigan over three days with the purpose of collecting donations. Each endeavor holds the same goal – to help grant wishes for Make-A-Wish® Michigan.
Because of her commitment and passion for Make-A-Wish Michigan, she was recently named the 2014 Make-A-Wish Michigan Volunteer of the Year.
Bliss participates in the Macy’s Believe campaign each year by collecting letters written to Santa. For every letter received, Macy’s donates $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish nationally. She has served as a team captain of Team Ryan for our largest fundraiser, the Wish-A-Mile® Bicycle Tour, which is held each July and raises more than $2 million for Make-A-Wish Michigan.
“I hope (WAM) is something I will be able to continue on for years to come,” Bliss said. “I have met so many wonderful people through my volunteer efforts that I couldn’t imagine my life without Make-A-Wish in it.”
Bliss has been volunteering with Make-A-Wish Michigan since 2010, including serving as a wish-granting volunteer for more than 30 children.
“Knowing that I am doing even a small part of making a child’s one, true wish come true is worth the effort,” Bliss said. “I think I get just as much satisfaction out of the wish as the kids and their families do.”
Bliss’ enthusiasm for our mission shines in the wish enhancements and dedication she provides each of the kids she volunteers with. She recently planned a mock movie premiere night complete with a red carpet, popcorn and movie viewing for a wish child who was attending a Hollywood movie premiere in California.
Bliss has also volunteered at many of our signature events and external events, including Wish Ball and Walk For Wishes® - Southeast Michigan.
When she’s not helping us grant wishes, Bliss, who is a national account executive for DPro Healthcare, is enjoying time with her four children, boating in the summer months or making custom sugar cookies. Yet, despite being a full-time working mom, Bliss still finds time to bring smiles to wish kids.
“I often hear from people that it must be hard working with children with life-threatening medical conditions,” Bliss said. “My response is always that it is the most rewarding work I have ever done and will continue to do in my life.”