This Amazing Girl’s Make-A-Wish Dream Was To Clean Up Litter

If you could have any wish in the world granted, what would it be?

I’m guessing that wish wouldn’t be to spend a day cleaning up trash, yet that’s what 8-year-old Amelia Meyer requested through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When Make-A-Wish calls, most children with life-threatening diseases choose to take dream vacations. While these kids certainly deserve to live out whatever their fantasies are after spending so many months in a hospital, there’s something extra special about Amelia asking to use this privilege to clean up her local park.

Amelia is a brain cancer patient with an uncertain prognosis, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to do her part to change the world. She chose to clean her local Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri because she wanted it to look nicer for her friends and neighbors. “Another reason is because [litter] can stay dirty and it can get animals sick,” she added.

Fortunately, Make-A-Wish didn’t just hand Amelia a trash bag and wish her well on her endeavors. Instead, the foundation organized hundreds of people to participate in the cleanup, with everyone from local business employees, the Kansas City Fire and Police departments and schoolchildren getting in on the action. Amelia said she was surprised at just how many people showed up to help.

Sly James, the mayor of Kansas City, attended the event at Swope Park to congratulate Amelia on being selfless and an all-around “really neat kid.” He then proclaimed February 27 “Amelia Meyer’s Take Care of the World Day” throughout the city.

Amelia’s story didn’t just motivate people in her own community, but people in other parts of the state and even the world. As word of her wish spread on social media, other people organized cleanups in their own areas, tagging photographs of their efforts with #AmeliasWish.

Though Amelia’s wish is unconventional, it seemed to bring her no less joy than another child’s trip to Disneyland might. Throughout the day, she ran around collecting trash with a big smile on her face. Jill Meyer, Amelia’s mother, said that the night before the cleanup, Amelia expressed she was “so excited” for the litter patrol. When Jill asked her why, she responded, “Because I get to pick up trash!”

It’s hard not to feel inspired by Amelia’s caring attitude. She clearly hasn’t let her age or life-threatening illness stop her from doing her part to make the world a better place. May her selfless wish serve as an inspiration to people who come from more fortunate circumstances.

Meanwhile, my wish is that Amelia overcome her battle with cancer because we absolutely need more people like her in this world.

Photo Credit: Make-A-Wish America


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

h masih
.3 years ago

God bless her.How is she doing now?

Loesje Najoan
Loesje Najoan3 years ago

Best wishes for Amelia.

Virginia Smith
Virginia Belder3 years ago


Grace Adams
Grace Adams3 years ago

I also try to leave world a little better by picking up litter. I don't do a really thorough job--too much litter to get everything along the way.

jilAngel Tuyl
jilAngel Tuyl3 years ago

Thank you Amelia. In some countries, this is actually classified as a job, and I propose that, so, it should be, with pay. I also strongly suggest that such persons doing this trash pick-up, should wear disposable clothing; masks; and gloves, as the world is accumulating unknown virus's; bacteria; parasites; alien negatives.

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn3 years ago


Marie W.
Marie W3 years ago

Litter is a bane on the world. Good for Amelia.

Muff-Anne York-Haley

What a sweet brave little girl with a purpose!

Ian Brown
Ian Brown3 years ago

Well done Amelia. I like to clean up litter too; making the place where you live all neat and tidy gives one a sense of satisfaction that beats Disney World by a mile.