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In just a few weeks, it will be that season when people share best wishes for joy, peace on Earth and maybe a few surprises from a good-natured, old guy dressed in red.

While they certainly aren’t guys and they don’t necessarily wear red (the age part is relative), the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration want to do more than simply share those wishes. They want to grant them.

In the coming weeks, FSPA will be searching for three local people or organizations that could use some help this holiday season, and they are partnering with the La Crosse Tribune and its readers to make it happen.

We’re looking for worthy organizations, projects and people who are close to you and who will build goodwill in the community.

“Wishing for good things is fine, but making good things happen is better,” said Sister Linda Mershon, president of Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. “Our hope is that this effort will make us all more aware of the needs that exist in our community and ways that all of us can act, large and small, to meet those needs.”

Between now and Nov. 13, you can submit your wishes for consideration. They may be for an individual, a family, a community group or a nonprofit organization — any deserving entity in need.

Representatives from FSPA and the La Crosse Tribune will narrow the entries to 12, and beginning Dec. 1 you can read about the finalists.

That’s where you take over. We will open online voting Dec. 13 and keep it open until Monday, Dec. 16. The entities with the most online votes will have their wishes granted by FSPA, and you’ll get to read about it in the week leading up to Christmas.

So start thinking now. Can you think of a deserving individual, family or organization in need? Let us know who they are and what you wish for them.


1. Entries may be submitted at until midnight tonight.

2. You’ll be asked to name the recipient and describe the wish, including what it is, why it’s important and how fulfilling the wish will improve the lives of its beneficiaries. The more compelling the more likely your wish is to become a finalist.

3. The wish must be for a specific, tangible item or items, not to exceed $1,000 in total cost.

4. Recipients may be individuals, families, community groups or nonprofit organizations. Please note that individuals and families must be willing to share their identities and stories.

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