From left to right, Executive Assistant Maria Christopher, Senior Pastor Steve Smothermon, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish New Mexico Sara Lister and Executive Pastor Michael Morin.(Legacy Church Rio Rancho)

This year Christmas will come early for 12 New Mexico children who are battling critical illnesses in New Mexico.

“We are invested in this community and I am glad to be a part of it,” Senior Pastor of Legacy Church Steve Smothermon said.

Legacy Church raised $120,100 to help grant these wishes and they continue to be the largest church donor to Make-A-Wish in the country.

“For almost 20 years, the members of Legacy Church have given an incredible Christmas gift to Make-A-Wish New Mexico by funding all of our Christmastime wishes. This congregation truly makes wishes a reality through their generosity. Make-A-Wish New Mexico is blessed to receive the continued support of Legacy Church,” President & CEO of Make-A-Wish New Mexico, Sara Lister, said.

The wishes being granted this holiday season include travel to Hawaii and Disney World, as well as a camper, an ATV, Xbox gaming system, and a trip to meet the Denver Broncos.

“Wishes are more than a singular moment in time, they provide a child with hope. And, the gift of hope gives them the strength to continue to fight in their medical journey. Legacy Church’s gift during the Christmas season makes a huge impact on our organization,” Lister said.