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Lexie Grindstaff

Volunteer Lexie with wish kid Jezreel Lexie Grindstaff
Client Relations Manager, Bank Director 
How long have you been affiliated with Make-A-Wish? 
I’ve been volunteering with the Middle Tennessee chapter for the past year and interned for the Alaska & Washington chapter for 6 months in 2013.  I escort kids during their wishes, complete paperwork, and help plan wish reveals!

What is your favorite wish story or experience with Make-A-Wish?
It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite! One of the first wishes I helped on with Middle Tennessee allowed me to escort a wish kid to the International Champions Cup in Nashville. The wish kid was a big Manchester City fan and not only did he get to watch the game, he was able to wait outside the locker room and meet every player on the team afterwards. A coach took the shirt off his own back to give to the wish kid, and every single player signed his jersey. This wish kid left not only with a jersey full of signatures, but pictures with him and all his favorite players! Watching his face light up as every player came over to him is something I’ll never forget. 

In what way have you seen the impact a wish can have on a child?
Wishes put attention on wish kids for all the right reasons. So often, these kids are the center of attention due to medical care, appointments, medicine, etc. Receiving a wish allows friends and family to celebrate with a wish kid, and everyone experiences excitement, joy, happiness, and anticipation, all things every child should get to experience.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about being a volunteer?
I love working with kids, and Make-A-Wish allows me to meet some of the most humble, most deserving kids in the area! Being able to help them feel special and loved is ALWAYS time well spent. It’s an honor to be able to meet with families in their homes and join them in celebrations. If you’re considering volunteering, do it! There are many different ways to get involved--all with varying degrees of time commitments. More than likely there is an opportunity that will fit in your schedule.
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
I would wish to interview all the country stars at CMA Fest!

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