BRICK, NJ - Dream Factory, Inc comes to the Jersey Shore! We are a volunteer dream-granting organization for critically and chronically ill children in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Part of a national non-profit organization, we depend upon the support of local businesses, individuals and community grants to provide the funds necessary to grant dreams. To qualify for a dream a child must be critically or chronically ill, between the ages of 3 and 18, and not have received a dream granted by another organization.

92% of the funds raised stays within our local chapter to fulfill dreams of local children. We are all volunteers and our national headquarters employs just four employees. It is our mission to fulfill the dreams of critically and chronically ill children. We believe a child does not have to be terminal to get a dream. A chronic illness is life changing and the child is still faced with numerous doctor visits, hospital stays, and time away from their friends.

In order for a child to receive a dream, the family must contact us and fill out an application. We then meet with the family to hear directly from the child what they would like. We have the doctor on our board contact the child’s doctor to get an explanation of the child’s illness and her medical opinion on the child’s ability to achieve the dream. The typical dream costs an average of $3500 to fulfill. We try to include the entire family in a dream. By including the siblings, we are acknowledging that a critical or chronic illness affects everyone in the family. In a way, they are all living with the illness

The Dream Factory of the Jersey Shore needs help in order to be successful. We need children who deserve to have a dream come true, volunteers to make it happen, and the funds to fulfill the dream. Every donation is truly appreciated, no matter how big or small. The dreams we hope to fulfill are as varied as the children who request them and we would be most appreciative for any help be it volunteers, donations or referring children.

There are children in our community who deserve something special and we are here to make their dream come true! You can find more information on our website at www.dreamfactoryincnwj.org. or by calling 732-840-1006. Please do what you can to help.

On September 26, 2010, Dream Factory of the Jersey Shore was awarded the “Outstanding New Chapter Award” by Dream Factory, Inc. at the national convention in Memphis, TN.

Since it’s inception in June 2010, the chapter has fulfilled the dream of a Manalapan child to meet The Jonas Brothers, received an large anonymous grant to benefit children in specific towns in Monmouth County, and sent a Toms River family on American Airlines Something mAAgic WishFlight to Give Kids The World in Kissimmee, FL.

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Left to right: Patricia Hahn, Janet Paulmenn, Luanne Wood, Francine Chussler, Robin Baine of the Dream Factory of the Jersey Shore.

FACT SHEET

The Dream Factory, Inc., a national volunteer-based wish-granting organization for critically and chronically ill children ages 3 through 18 years, began in 1980 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Our chapters operate without paid staff: each chapter uses volunteers who raise funds in their communities to grant dreams to local children.

The national headquarters of The Dream Factory is in Louisville, Kentucky. Chapters of The Dream Factory are located in:

Atlanta, GA Arizona (Tucson)

Audrain Co., MO

Bowling Green, KY

Central Illinois (Peoria)

Central Missouri (Columbia)

Central New York (Ithaca)

Clarksville, TN

Dallas, TX

Dyersburg, TN

Greater Kansas City

Hopkinsville, KY

Iowa (Ankeny)

Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Lexington, KY

Louisiana (Franklinton)

Louisville, KY

Maine (Portland)

Maine (York)

Memphis, TN

Montana (Missoula)

New Hampshire (Exeter)

New Jersey (Jersey Shore)

North Carolina (Greenville)

Northeast Ohio

Northwest Missouri

Oregon (Portland)

Paducah, KY

Rochester, NY

Saint Louis, MO

San Antonio, TX

Sedalia, MO

Southern Illinois (Marion)

Southern Ohio (West Union)

Utah (Salt Lake City area)

Nationally, The Dream Factory has granted more than 25,000 dreams in its 30-year history - a record of which we are quite proud. Examples of dreams granted to children include trips to Disney World, computers, TVs and VCRs, puppies, ponies, visits to meet favorite celebrities and sports stars and shopping sprees.

More than 5000 volunteers across the country visit children and their families in hospitals and in their homes, procure and deliver dream items, schedule dream trips, arrange special celebrations and conduct fundraising events for their chapters.

The Dream Factory is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of local businesses and individuals as well as community grants to provide the funding necessary to grant dreams. Nationally, 86% of all funds raised are dedicated to our stated mission: to grant the dreams of children ages 3 through 18 years with critical or chronic illnesses. To receive information about starting a chapter of The Dream Factory in your community, inquire about making a donation, or request a dream application, contact the National Headquarters at 1-800-456-7556 or visit our website at  www.dreamfactoryincnwj.org.