Wishing Well Texoma is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the special children in the Texoma area, ages 3 through 18, who face life-threatening or catastrophic illness. Wishing Well Texoma hopes to bring comfort and joy during trying times, not just for the child, but for family members also. Wishes are limited only by the imagination of the children themselves.

Wishing Well Texoma is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the special children in the Texoma area, ages 3 through 18, who face life-threatening or catastrophic illness. Wishing Well Texoma hopes to bring comfort and joy during trying times, not just for the child, but for family members also. Wishes are limited only by the imagination of the children themselves.


Wishing Well Texoma was established in 1986, to serve the children in the four Red River counties in North Texas and 16 counties in Southern Oklahoma known as the Texoma region. Wishing Well Texoma has granted more than 130 wishes. Wishes have included a trip to Sesame Street, a room makeover with a physical therapy area, a hot tub, computers and electronics, trips to meet celebrities and wheelchairs of various types.


The most common wish is a trip to Orlando to visit area theme parks and other attractions. In recent years, service dogs were given.


"Our most important wish is simple: referrals, referrals, referrals," said Connie Porter, wish granter for the organization. "Just refer to Wishing Well Texoma, a child who you think meets our qualifications, and we’ll take it from there."


Other wishes for Wishing Well are gift cards to national companies that will be used during the trips. Suggested cards include the following: Walmart, Chick-Fil-A, Burger King, Panda Express, hotels and time shares in the Orlando area and Disney gift cards, which may be purchased online.


Wishing Well Texoma can be contacted by calling 903-866-WISH. Donations may be sent to P. O. Box 2565, Sherman, Texas 75091-2565.


The Wish List feature of the Herald Democrat is an ongoing Christmas tradition. Agencies wishing to submit a wish list should email them to news@heralddemocrat.com with "Wish List" in the subject line.