“I was very proud that he thought outside of himself to do something nice for other people, especially right before the holidays,” said Jennifer, of her son Wyatt’s wish, in an interview with NH1 News Network.
High school sophomore, Wyatt has been battling Kidney Dysplasia since the day he was born. Doctors say he may even need a kidney transplant by the time he turns 18, but on his special day, the day of his wish Wyatt wasn’t thinking about his illness- actually he wasn’t thinking of himself at all. Instead, he chose to think of others and act as a “real life super hero” even if it could only be for one day.
“He's only got about 25 percent function [in his kidneys] and part of the problem [is] as he grows they don't. So his kidneys are the size of a 2-year-old's,” said Wyatt’s mother Jennifer in the same interview.
But despite his illness Wyatt certainly has found his purpose in this world as well as his passion: helping others.
“I decided to have them make a bunch of care packages, or, in this case, backpacks, and go around Manchester or Concord and pass them out to homeless people,” Wyatt said.
Over the course of two days Make-A-Wish New Hampshire granted Wyatt’s wish to bring holiday cheer to the countless amount of people who are homeless in the Manchester and Concord area.
On the first day, Wyatt, his youth group, and many volunteers assembled over 200 care packages at the church Wyatt's family attends, Grace Capital Church. Wyatt and his helper’s stuffed backpacks with everyday essentials that people take for granted. This included: gloves, hats, blankets, deodorant, the Bible and snacks among other items.
Just four days after assembling the care backpacks Wyatt was able to spread his warmth and share his big heart with those in need. The day of his wish started with transporting all of his care packages, with the help of his wish granters and family, to the Friendly Kitchen which is a soup kitchen in Concord, New Hampshire. At the soup kitchen Wyatt helped serve a meal as well as handout care packages to numerous guests.
Next Wyatt and his crew visited New Horizons for NH - a soup kitchen, food pantry and shelter in Manchester. Wyatt handed out more backpacks with his family as well as served ice cream sundaes to people at the shelter.
But his thoughtful wish did not end there! For his final stop he donated the remaining packages to Liberty House in Manchester, a facility for American veterans transitioning out of homelessness. While there Wyatt had the opportunity to meet with some guests and learn about the history of Liberty House from their Executive Director, Keith Howard..
A couple days later, Wyatt and his family were invited to a meeting with the Mayor of Manchester. Mayor Ted Gatsas honored Wyatt and his family in the city of Manchester’s town hall for his selflessness and compassion.
A guest from New Horizons who was at the soup kitchen the night Wyatt distributed his care packages expressed that the world is blessed and lucky to have shining stars like Wyatt in it.
Through his wish, Wyatt made a difference in the lives of countless individuals and we have no doubt his future holds more spectacular moments like this.