About Our Wish List Program

Jun 16, 2021 | Activism, News

One of our most impactful programs that arose during, and because of, the Covid-19 pandemic is the Wish List program. Through this, people who want to help an Exoneree directly can do so, by purchasing an item for them from an Amazon Wish List that we create for them.

We wanted to provide more details about this program to you than we typically have room for in our regular newsletter, so Sunny and Peter created this FAQ with information and instructions on how to contribute to an Exoneree through a Wish List.

I don’t know how to access and purchase items from an Amazon Wish List. Is there a guide?

Visit this Help page on Amazon for details on purchasing an item for someone through their Wish List.

I’m an Exoneree. How do I create a Wish List?

Exonerees have 2 options to create a Wish List: We can create one for them, or they can create their own and provide us a link to it.

  • Option 1: We create it for you. Contact us and let us know you’d like one. We’ll ask for a couple of things including a mailing address and contact number so the gifts can get to you.
  • Option 2: Create a Wish List and send us the link. Be sure to make the list shareable (click the Manage List link to the right of your Wish List).

What items are Exonerees allowed to choose?

There is no restriction on items, but we do guide Exonerees if they’re having trouble deciding what to put on their list. We suggest that they include items at different prices so that donors have a greater choice in how much to spend.

Is there a cost involved in getting a Wish List?

There is absolutely no cost or obligation for Exonerees to participate in the Wish List program.

Can I purchase something for an Exoneree that is not on their list?

  • Contact us and we will either help them place the item on their list or find a way to get that item to the Exoneree.
  • If you’d like to donate a service to the Exoneree, such as offering car or house repair, contact us.

How do I find a Wish List for a specific Exoneree?

Subscribe to our newsletter! We publish current Wish Lists in every issue.

I would like to help an Exoneree who does not have a Wish List. What can I do?

Contact us and tell us the name of the Exoneree you would like to help. We may not always be able to connect with the Exoneree – there are many who are not yet in contact with The Sunny Center. If we are working with them, however, we can let them know that you want to help them out.

There are no items on the Wish List that I chose. What now?

Let us know! Usually it’s because all the list items were purchased for them. We will ask the Exoneree if there is anything else that they need.

I clicked on a Wish List, but the link didn’t work.

Contact us so that we can check the link, and we will post a corrected link ASAP.

What are the biggest issues with Wish Lists?

  • The biggest issue is that Exonerees don’t want to ask for very much! In fact, some of those with the greatest needs are the most reluctant to ask for help.
  • Many Exonerees are not tech savvy and have difficulty creating Wish Lists. We help out by providing a Wish List in their name through The Sunny Center Foundation. Gifts sent will go directly to the Exoneree at their specified address.

I don’t use Amazon. Can I still send an Exoneree a gift from their list without purchasing it there?

Contact us and we will help you find an alternate option for purchasing a gift.

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