Letters to Santa Can Make Kids Wishes Come True
Photo courtesy of Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina
Can a letter to Santa make wishes come true? Macy’s and Make-a-Wish Eastern North Carolina say “yes,” if you are a “believer.”
Macy’s "Believe" campaign invites “believers” of all ages to take their stamped letters to Santa to their local Macy’s stores or send a letter by visiting macys.com/believe. For every letter received through Dec. 24, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish.
Donations to Make-A-Wish help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, like Shanda, an 18-year-old freshman studying psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Shanda was diagnosed with a brain tumor in September last year, when she was a senior at East Wake High School in Wendell. She went through treatment, graduated from high school and has completed her freshman year at UNC-G.
Before her diagnosis last year, she and her family discussed going on a cruise as a family trip. Shanda had never been on a cruise and always wanted to visit somewhere tropical, especially during the winter. This month, she and her family are headed on a Royal Caribbean Cruise, thanks to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, which granted her wish.
“I wished to go on a Caribbean cruise for my family,” Shanda says. “I wanted to do something that they could enjoy, too, and something that would have a lot of memories and a lot of bonding for us, just not a little simple thing for myself.”
In addition, on Friday, Dec. 11, Macy’s treated her to a fashionable send-off party at its Crabtree Valley Mall store, complete with a makeover, a goodie bag of makeup and $200 in gift cards to go shopping.
Photo courtesy of Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina