"Wisher" and "Dreamer"
Wishers and Dreamers Inc. was founded by two sisters, Pamela and Trish. The name, "Wishers and Dreamers", originated as the sisters' childhood nicknames. As children, Pamela called Trish "Wish" because it rhymed. The name "Wish" eventually turned into "Wisher". When Pamela called her sister "Wisher", Trish would respond by calling Pamela "Dreamer". Still to this day, they fondly use the nicknames "Wisher" and "Dreamer".
Trish was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and fought the disease for two years before defeating it. During her battle, she witnessed children also battling from various illnesses. Together, Trish and Pamela founded Wishers and Dreamers to provide comfort, encouragement, and smiles to children under constant medical supervision.
2010 - Trish was diagnosed with breast cancer
2013 - After a long battle, Trish was ruled cancer free
July 2013 - Wishers and Dreamers was founded
We know that many children spend their time in hospitals, clinics, and germ free environments. Many children with disease, illness, or a disabling medical condition are unable to play outside. Their doll or bear may be their best friend. Therefore, our mission is to provide, free-of-charge*, a hospital gown for their doll, bear, or little buddy. All gowns are handmade with love by the Wishers and Dreamers, family, and friends.
*Thanks to our generous donors!
Wishers and Dreamers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.Tax ID # 47-1865187
Wishers and Dreamers Sewing Team
We can only accomplish all that we do through our amazing network of skilled volunteers. It truly is a team effort! One volunteer group, “Sewing with Heart” senior sewing group, located in Irvine, CA, has been sewing gowns for Wishers and Dreamers from the beginning. They generously volunteer their time and skills. The Sewing with Heart team has made over 600 gowns for children all over the world.
Many other individual and group volunteers have worked diligently to hand-craft gowns, tailored to our children's (and their family's) request for a special gown. Please visit our Wishers and Dreamers Facebook Page where we love to showcase many of our wonderful volunteers. Are you interested in learning more about volunteering for Wishers and Dreamers?
Wishers and Dreamers' Milestones
- July 2013 - First gown sent to Mattie G. in the State of Georgia
- August 2013 - First gown sent internationally to Casey in New Zealand
- November 2014 - 1,000th gown sent
- March 2015 - 2,000th gown sent
- December 2015 - 501(c)(3) approved
- July 2016 - 3,000th gown sent
- January 2017 - 4,000th gown sent
- July 2017 - 5,000th gown sent
- November 2019 - 10,000 gowns sent