By Nadine Kam
Precious received a congressional proclamation honoring her as Ms. Believe Hawaii on Macy's National Believe Day. — Nadine Kam photos
In celebration of Macy’s National Believe Day, Dec. 6, one Ewa Beach girl's holiday wish has already come true.
Precious, a 14-year-old girl, wished for a princess moment and a motorized wheelchair to bring her the independence all teenagers crave. Make-A-Wish Hawaii, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases, and Macy's teamed up to grant her wish, complete with a mall parade as she debuted her wheelchair with the help of marines and community supporters.
Back at Macy's, where Precious delivered her Believe letter to Santa, she was crowned Ms. Believe Hawaii. Dozens of local wish kids also showed up to drop off the hundreds of letters they've collected in support of the annual campaign.
Your letters to Santa will help Macy's reach its goal of raising $1 million to help Make-A-Wish continue its mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening diseases.
During Macy’s 5th annual “Believe” campaign, the retailer is donating $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish for every letter to Santa received.
Letters in stamped envelopes, addressed to "Santa at the North Pole" will be collected through Dec. 24. Look for the red Santa Mail letterbox in Macy's stores. In the Ala Moana store, it's at the top of the escalators on the fourth floor.
Make-A-Wish has been granting wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses since 1980, making over 226,000 wishes become a reality. On National Believe Day, Macy's grants wishes to children in every state where there is a Macy's store, which have ranged from the simplicity of a new laptop computer, to the odd, such as making the lights go out in San Francisco.
When it comes to travel, many wishers get their wish to go to Disneyland. Hawaii is the second favorite destination, with about 900 getting their wish to come here each year. Also locally, there are about 85 people waiting to have their wishes granted.
After the festivities, supporters of Make-A-Wish enjoyed milk and cookies.