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KHQ Hosting 'Miles For Smiles' Air Miles Drive; Call Our KHQ Help Center To Donate

KHQ.COM - Today KHQ TV is hosting the "Miles For Smiles" frequent flyer air miles drive to benefit our local Make-A-Wish Foundation. We're inviting our viewers to call in and donate their unused air miles, or make a cash donation. The drive is from 5am to 6:30 p.m. Viewers can donate air miles by calling the KHQ Help Center number (509) 443-1111.

Leslie Woodfill, the Wish and Outreach Manager for Make-A-Wish, answers some questions about how "Miles for Smiles" works.

What is the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

How does it benefit the Make-A- Wish organization to collect unused frequent flyer miles?

The most popular wish is a wish to travel somewhere. It is so popular that about 69% of our wishes involve travel. Using donated airline miles to send families on their wish trips is the number one way we are able to stretch our donated dollars and use them to grant other wishes.

How can our viewers donate their miles?

All they will need to do is call 509-443-1111 on Friday, February 4th from 5am to 6:30pm. We will have volunteers standing by to help them through the process of having their miles collected.

When you call in, how does the process work?

When you call in, have:

 the name of the airline you are donating miles from, the account number

 the number of miles they would like to donate

 the expiration date of the miles (if known)

What airline miles will you accept?

We can accept airline miles for:

AirTran Airways

Alaska/Horizon Airlines

Continental Airlines

Delta/Northwest Airlines

United Airlines

US Airways

Is there any fee involved to transfer air miles to the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

There is no fee for the person to transfer air miles to our account. Those miles will also never expire once they are transferred to account.

Are there other ways to donate to the drive?

Yes, there are other ways donate to the drive. We are always happy to accept cash donations. We can also to accept donations by text. All you have to do is use your cell phone and text the word "DONATE" to 90999 and a $5 will be transferred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in your name. You will receive a confirmation text that asks if you're sure you want to make this donation. All you have to do is reply, by typing "YES" and hitting send. That's it! (text messaging rates apply).

What is your goal for the amount of miles raised that day?

We would love to raise 500,000 miles in this drive.

How many families in the Northwest are waiting to have their wish fulfilled?

This year we will grant the wishes of about 120 children in the Inland Northwest. We currently are working on the wishes of about 53 children who are battling a life threatening medical condition.

How many frequent flyer miles does it take for a family of four to go on a Make-A-Wish trip?

It is about an average of 40,000 miles per person, so a family of four will need 160k miles to send them on an incredible adventure.

What does "Miles for Smiles" mean to your families who are waiting for their wishes to be fulfilled?

These adventures mean the world to these kids and their families. It means they have a chance to be together as a family again for a special vacation experience. It gives them something to look forward to as they fight to find joy.

 

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