Five-year-old Iris, of Kapaa, battling a gastrointestinal disorder, recently wrote her letter to Santa at Macy’s Kukui Grove Center as part of the Macy’s Believe letter-writing campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish.
The campaign seeks to capture the joy and generosity of the holiday season by asking the community to come together to help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses like Iris, who wishes to be a princess at Walt Disney World in Florida.
From now through Dec. 24, Macy’s is asking customers of all ages to write their letters to Santa and drop them off in stores or submit them online at macys.com/believe.
For every letter sent, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish.
With support from the Macy’s Believe campaign, Make-A-Wish provides children with critical illnesses the chance to experience life beyond their illness and see their most heartfelt wishes come true, allowing them to replace fear with confidence, anxiety with hope, and sadness with joy.
Since 2003, Macy’s has donated more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish, including more than $19 million through the annual Believe campaign, helping to grant more than 14,500 wishes and impacting more than 2.9 million people, including wish kids and their families, volunteers, community groups, medical professionals and more.
Headquartered in Honolulu, Make-A-Wish Hawaii is considered one of the top charities in the state, with 78 cents of every dollar raised going directly toward granting wishes in Hawaii
“We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey,” said a press release.