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GAM Holiday Campaign 2018 – Amanda’s Birthmother

Every Give A Mile flight request is different. Some people seek to bring a lifetime of memories to a close with one final meeting, but this flight of compassion was for a woman to see her biological mother for first time in more than 30 years. Amanda in Oregon had learned that her birthmother, Diane, was in palliative care in Sault Ste.Marie, ON. She had not lived with her Mom since she was 2 years old but as Diane’s brain and lung cancer had her in hospice care for her final days, she wished to see her daughter Amanda and to meet her granddaughter for the first time.

Amanda’s request met the true vision of Give A Mile to make lasting memories and her financial need, due to her own daughter’s illness, also fit the requirements. Give A Mile was able to fly Amanda and her daughter to see her mother Diane before she passed away. Following are Amanda’s appreciative words:

Without [Give A Mile’s] help I would have never been able to see my Mom and she would not have been able to pass in peace. I cannot express how much the trip meant to us. Thank you so much for everything you guys do.”– Amanda

Since the foundation of Give A Mile in late 2013 such stories have resulted in nearly 500 flights given enabling final memories to be made all over the world. Lolita’s request will require 90,000 loyalty points be converted to air miles from Aeroplan, Starwood, Marriott and Amex Rewards, and others. The Give A Mile 2018 Holiday Spirit of Giving Campaign has a goal of fulfilling 50 flights through donations of miles or money. Our Holiday Campaign Sponsor Flight Centre Canada will donate money and volunteer time, but we need your help.

Be a (super) hero! We are looking to add to our repeat and new list of personal and corporate Flight Heroes, aiming for 30 during the Oct – Dec Holiday Campaign. Get a group of friends together, make it a cause for an office party charity, it’s easy to get 25 contributors to collect 25,000 loyalty miles or money (eg. $40 will purchase approx. 1,000 air miles), or to do one corporate holiday donation toward a flight request. Lolita’s story would take 4 Flight Heroes to fulfill the required miles. See Flight Hero stories for helpful hints and support – and lead your own super group today!

Holiday gifts of your unused loyalty points, and monetary or time offerings are easily done through the Give A Mile website DONATE NOW page. These will help us make our target to raise funds and points for Lolita’s and 49 other flights of compassion during Holiday Campaign 2018. Fully 100% of funds and points are applied to flights of compassion and related taxes/fees for specific flight storiesor in the general pool to be applied against any flight.

Find out more about the 2018 Holiday Campaign. Help more loved ones share holiday moments and create lasting memories through your generous giving. And follow Give A Mile on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube to see year ‘round events and celebrations.