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December 13, 2011 > Fremont student spearheads Letter-Writing Campaign

Fremont student spearheads Letter-Writing Campaign

Submitted By Jen Wilson

Irvington High School senior Kayla Doty has embraced the spirit of Christmas and is organizing four schools from her town's district-one each from pre-school, elementary, middle and high school, to write letters to Santa this holiday season to help the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation(r). Kayla is a member of the Foundation's Young Professional Advisory Council, Jr. (YPAC Jr.), and was excited to learn about the partnership between Make-A-Wish and Macy's called the Believe campaign.

The focus of the Believe campaign is for children and people of any age to write letters to Santa and deliver them to a special Believe mailbox at Macy's stores. For each letter written to Santa, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. On National Believe Day, December 9th, all letters to Santa will generate $2 to Make-A-Wish, and on that day Kayla and a group of her classmates from Irvington High School will deliver the 3,750 letters they have written and collected.

"When I decided to start a letter writing campaign I had no idea what was in store for me; I just knew I wanted to help. What I did not expect was the amount of people who wanted to support me and join in. It has been truly inspiring to watch people band together and get so excited about helping an organization that is all about helping other people. I couldn't imagine a better way to spread the holiday spirit and I'm so excited to deliver the letters!" says Doty.

With the average wish costing $7,500, Doty aimed to write enough letters to grant one wish and since her letters were to be delivered on Believe Day, she will make that goal. Kayla arranged with her school's administrators to have a field trip to the Westfield Valley Fair Macy's on Friday, December 9th to deliver these letters. The timing of the field trip also coincides with a visit by Wish Child Tomas Nieto, who will be at the store for a wish enhancement reception Macy's is hosting for him. Tomas and his family will depart on January 9th, 2012 for his wish to see wild cats in San Diego. Macy's will present Tomas with special gifts to make his wish more magical and his wish itinerary will be announced for the first time by a Make-A-Wish representative.

The goal of the Foundation is to grant a wish to every eligible child in its territory. Anyone can suggest a child for a wish. For more information, please call 415/982-9474 or visit www.SFWish.org.

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