an organization for local foster children

Connect With a Wish works to connect the wishes and needs of children in Virginia Beach foster care with the generosity of our community. We provide the resources and support needed to give these children the opportunity to grow into positive and productive members of our community.


Stuff the Sleigh - December 4th, 6pm at New Realm Brewery in Virginia Beach

Help stuff the sleigh with amazing gift cards and presents for our youth in foster care while enjoying live music and festive fun!

Save the date - the 2021 Pungo Wine Festival will be held May 22, 2021! Check out the wine festival page for details on the event, admission, and sponsorship opportunities!

Thank you, Movement Mortgage for your amazing $10,000 contribution to Connect With a Wish. We were nominated for this donation by foster parents Hillary and Michael Hughes - huge thanks to you as well!


Thanks to the Ticket to Dream Foundation for your support of our youth quarantine activity bags, shoes, back to school supplies, and for your generous donation!

Many thanks to Allstate and Ralph Rios for their continuous support of Connect With A Wish since its inception. Ralph, husband of Joy Rios, has been hugely important in the operations of Connect With A Wish.

Clock Gears

CWW has a variety of programs to best serve our local foster children. Click above to explore what we do.

Our flagship event - the Pungo Wine Festival is more than an extraordinary day of fun, wine, and music - it's a way to help our local foster children.


An adoptive and foster mother with a passion for service - see how Joy got started, and why.

Amazon Smile

You shop, Amazon gives. Amazon's Smile program donates a portion of your order total to us when you check out with them - at no extra cost to you! Try it today!

Papa John's

Use code PIZZA4CWW and a portion of your order total is donated to Connect With a Wish!

Select stores only.

Volunteer of the Quarter Awards

Summer 2019 - Michele Derwent,

Fall 2019 - Jenn Robinson

New volunteers are coming soon. Thanks to all of our volunteers; we couldn't be who we are without them!

DONATIONS REQUESTED - Stop by, and say hi! Bring a mask, please!

Handle With Care

  • Pajamas (all sizes and gender, ESP young boy's and men's)

  • Baby rattles, toys, and bath toys

  • Diaper creme

  • Nightlights/flaslights

  • Ethnic/Natural hair care products

  • Bars of Soap/body wash

  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion

  • Individual packs of tissue

  • Female hygiene products

  • Pacifiers and baby bottles

  • Toddler sippy and snack cups

  • Coloring books (both children and adult themed)

  • Journals

  • Crayons/Colored pencils

  • ALL SIZE UNDERWEAR (must be in package, unworn)

  • Girls & Boys body spray

Clothes Closet

  • Socks (Mens and Boys - all sizes)

  • Khaki/Work Pants/Dress Pants (Mens and Boys - all sizes)

  • NEW & UNUSED Boxers, Briefs, Boxer briefs (Mens and boys - all sizes)

  • NEW & UNUSED Undershirts - (Mens and Boys - all sizes)

Birthday Brigade
  • Birthday-themed plates and napkins

  • Cake mix

  • Large birthday bags

  • $10 - $15 gift cards

  • NEW & UNUSED nail polish and makeup

  • NEW & UNUSED perfume and cologne

We greatly appreciate all donations. If you have any questions, please call our office at (757).337.2657



John Hamilton in honor of Paula H. Owen


Nicole Ordway in honor of Mya and Jakob Loringer

Michael Falvey in honor of Renchen Greiner on her birthday.

CHKD Bayshore Circle Sisters in honor of Laura Putney

Ellen and Richard Moeller in remembrance of Daniel Pierce

Cheryl and Gerald McIntosh in remembrance of Daniel Pierce

Calvin Albers in remembrance of Daniel Pierce

Mosley Family in honor of the Ruppert Family

Julie and Paul Morgan in honor of Carlene & Rob Clark and Jessica Clark Morgan

Mr. and Mrs. Payne in honor of Russell and Michelle Payne

We greatly appreciate our tributary donors and are pleased to honor their friends and loved ones.
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