What is Magic Moments?
Magic Moments is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered under the laws of the State of Alabama to grant non-medical magic moments to children ages 4 – 18 with chronic life-threatening or acute life-altering conditions, who live or receive treatment in the state of Alabama, as well as continue a relationship through our Beyond the Moment program. Our sole purpose is to put joy and hope back in these children’s lives.
How do we identify children who qualify for a magic moment?
Anyone can refer a child. Most of our referrals are received from Children’s of Alabama, from medical personnel throughout the state, or from the child’s relatives or friends. To be eligible, a child must be a resident of Alabama. Magic moments are granted to children ages 4-18 who meet our medical criteria and are cognizant that they are receiving this gift. We grant only one request per child, and children who have already received a wish from another wish-granting organization are not eligible for a magic moment. To refer a child online, click here.
How does a child receive a magic moment?
An application is sent to the child’s parent or guardian, and when completed, is returned to our office. A medical form is then sent to the child’s physician, and once it is returned, the request is presented to the Magic Moments Executive Committee for approval. Once the magic moment is approved, it is assigned to a Magic Maker, who contacts the family and assists in the fun of fulfilling the request.
What kind of magic moments are granted?
Just as each child is different, so is their magic moment! Whether it is a trip to Disney World, going on a shopping spree or meeting a favorite celebrity, each one is special and unique.
How many magic moments are granted?
It is our goal to fulfill approximately 100 magic moments each year. Since our inception in 1984, we have granted over 5,000 magic moments in every county of Alabama.
What happens after the magic moment?
Because Magic Moments is devoted solely to serving children in Alabama, we are able to establish lasting relationships with the children and families we serve. Though we can’t grant more than one magic moment to a child, what we can do is make sure that child and family become a permanent part of our family. Through our Beyond the Moment programs, Magic Moments families are invited to participate in regional activities throughout the year, including an annual Family Camp held at Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin in Alexander City, Alabama.
How is the work of Magic Moments funded?
Magic Moments is not a United Way agency and is not affiliated with any other wish-granting organization. We rely totally on the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, civic groups and fundraising efforts for financial support.
Who is Magic Moments?
Magic Moments is governed by a Board of Directors in Birmingham. In addition, we have an advisory council, regional council, and Junior Boards throughout the state. Magic Moments employs a professional staff of four employees based in Birmingham. Additionally, we are fortunate to have the support of numerous volunteers in the community and throughout the state to help us carry out our mission.