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Make-A-Wish Foundation in El Paso one of two in Texas in critical need of volunteers

Program director Jennifer Maturino says the El Paso chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is in need bilingual volunteers. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

Every year the organization grants over 80 wishes to kids in the Borderland.

Program director Jennifer Maturino said they especially need bilingual volunteers.

El Paso is one of two areas in Texas in critical need of volunteers.

"The wish granters are the ones that meet with the families to fill out paperwork and they meet with the kids to figure out what the wish is … so that is our biggest need is wish granters," said Maturino.

Rocio Chacon is a mother and works over 40 hours a week.

She was named El Paso's Make-A-Wish volunteer of the year.

She says anyone can volunteer if they make time.

"You make it work for you. I usually go after work to meet with the family, so it's not that time-consuming," said Chacon.

Chacon said one of her favorite memories was throwing a birthday party for a little boy with cancer.

"When I met him, he was going through cancer so he was very weak, pale, he was going through his radiation," said Chacon.

Months later, she met that same little boy at a Gala event. He was able to beat the disease.

"When I walked into the Gala, [I saw] he had hair. He was very strong. When I hugged his body, you can feel meat, not bones. And it was amazing," said Chacon.

Make-A-Wish says getting involved will not only change the life of the child but the volunteer as well.

If you would like to be a volunteer wish granter, call 915-855-8700.

Tomorrow, Make-A-Wish is raising money to fund wishes.

If you go to any Chipotle and mention "Make-A-Wish," Chipotle will make sure 50 percent of the proceeds is donated to the foundation.

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