Noon Update: North Dakota hosts first-ever Wishes in Flight Miles Drive in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Make-A-Wish North Dakota is hosting a Wishes in Flight Miles Drive all day Thursday, until midnight. While the drive is not new to the organization, it’s the first time here in North Dakota.

The Five Call Star Center is donating its services, as technicians stand by taking donors’ calls.

Anyone with unused airline miles can donate them to Make-A-Wish, and even if they’re about to expire, once they’re donated, they will not expire with Make-A-Wish.

“Donating miles is yet another way for our supporters to partner with us together in granting more transformational wishes to children with critical illnesses right here in North Dakota,” Billi Jo Zielinski, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish North Dakota, said.

More than 75 percent of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish require air travel. Once the miles are donated, 100 percent of the donated miles will stay in North Dakota. A minimum donation of 500 miles is required for United Airlines and 1,000 miles for Delta.

Make-A-wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish North Dakota has granted more than 850 wishes to children across the state since its inception in 1985.

Anyone wishing to donate through midnight Thursday can call 1 (800) 362-9474. Beyond Thursday, miles can also be donated anytime online at