Make-A-Wish Northeast New York kicked-off its yearly holiday Adopt-A-Wish campaign at Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh to help grant wishes for kids from here in the North Country with a critical illness, and raise awareness about Make-A-Wish.

Two wish recipients were on hand for the ceremony to help launch the annual holiday fundraiser.

5-year-old Sammy, and 17-year old Alyssa had their wishes granted over the past year. Sammy went on a trip to Disneyland in California to meet Lightning McQueen and other characters from the Disney movie Cars, while Alyssa, donated her Make-A-Wish gift to the Third Age Adult Day Center on the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh. The gift is being used to build an outside courtyard and garden for the participants who attend the center to enjoy.

As wish ambassadors, Alyssa & Sammy say they also like to help provide hope and comfort to other kids in need. Mountain Lake PBS’s Thom Hallock and William Trigg, the CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York hosted the kick-off event. The Adopt-A-Wish booth will be set up at Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh through December 31st selling paper star ornaments to raise money for kids’ wishes. Last year Make-A-Wish Northeast New York granted 85 wishes. This year, they’re hoping to grant 100.

To donate or nominate a child for a wish, visit neny.wish.org