Make-A-Wish Connecticut has partnered with NBC Connecticut for the first Miles for Smiles Campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Wishes in Flight Airline Miles Donation Program. On Friday, Jan. 10th from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Make-A-Wish will be on air with NBC Connecticut in their West Hartford studios, promoting the campaign and taking phone calls to collect airline mile donations.

The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1986, Make-A-Wish Connecticut has granted over 2,300 wishes to children throughout the state.

“Over 70% of the wishes we grant involve air travel, and donated airline miles can help us offset thousands of dollars in travel costs each year,” said Michael Dominick, Community & Media Relations Manager for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “This is a great need for us as an organization, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with NBC Connecticut in an effort to raise 1 million miles on Jan.10. If we all pitch in, together we can make a significant impact on so many children whose wishes will soon come true.”

With a campaign goal of one million miles, people from all over are encouraged to take part in the campaign and donate their unused airline miles.

“Donating air miles is fast and easy, and the miles donated never expire once they’re in the Foundation's account,” continued Dominick. “Donating unused airline miles is a great way for supporters to help us grant children’s wishes and give them an experience that improves the quality of life for them and their families.”

Participating Airlines are US Airways, United and Delta/Continental.

Here are some ways you can help us reach our goal and make travel wishes come true:

• Call in to 1-800-847-3030 on Jan. 10 and make your individual donation of unused airline miles (the phone number will not be active until Jan. 10).

• If you can't call on the 10th but still want to contribute miles to the NBC Connecticut Miles for Smiles Campaign, you can donate your miles online today. Visit the Miles For Smiles Campaign Page found on the Make-A-Wish Connecticut website at CT.wish.org. This specific Campaign Page is embedded with a special code to ensure your contribution is attributed to the MILES FOR SMILES Campaign.

• Share the Miles for Smiles campaign with your friends through email, on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

• Promote the Miles for Smiles Campaign within your company or organization.

Every traveler can be part of a life-affirming wish. All it takes is a simple airline miles donation.