Many of the kids thought the best part of the day was meeting Spider-man in person. One young boy, in his bed during a room visit, perked right up, and though he was unable to speak much, made sure to scramble for his tablet to take his own pictures of Spider-man.
The event was another great example of how a smaller turnout provides much more relatedness and allows more families to soak up the attention they so deserve. We will be back to the Ronald McDonald soon!!
For Emersyn “Em” Brown, it was an afternoon of friends, family, and hometown heroes with the Minnesota Gophers, Carlie Wagner & Lindsay Whalen. Another special Family Experience with the Southern MN chapter.
Thanks to our donors, three tables were set up for costumes: one with all different types of glittery tiaras, one with superhero capes and matching masks, and one with gorgeous yarn wigs generously donated by The Magic Yarn Project. One large table was set up with assorted Valentine’s Day crafts and another had princess makeup kits and nail polish sets.
It is so precious to watch these children meet their heroes, make believe (which they don’t realize that just yet) and some real live heroes that impact our lives daily. These events would not be the same without these people helping to make sweet children believe in fairytales.
One parent said, “Wow I was expecting plastic party crowns, but these are the real deal! These are like actual pageant queen crowns!” The kids absolutely loved feeling so special with their “real” crowns they could take home with them. It was also very popular to be a “Superhero Queen.”
Though the attendance was a little smaller at this event, and our stations were broken up into two rooms, the interaction with the kids and families was just as strong, and their appreciation was high. The night was a blast, and we look forward to being back in a couple months for the annual Luau!
8 girls and 7 boys enjoyed a morning of food, fun, and entertainment. Everyone, along with their siblings, got to pick their own firefighter hat, glittery tiara, or a cool superhero cape and matching mask.
After preparing dinner, we put together bags with tiaras and wands, superhero capes and masks, coloring books, glow-in-the-dark sticks and snacks. Once the families had arrived for dinner, we went around the dining area handing the bags out to the children (9 boys and 8 girls).
After all of the children that were able to participate were there, our surprise guests turned on the music and the dancing began! The Funkywunks, a hip hop dance group from Orlando (known for their time on World of Dance) took the floor and showed us some moves! They were joined by a very outgoing sibling who showed us some moves of his own! Everyone watched, dancing in their seats and singing to the music!
The music, Santa, titleholders and other stations really created one of the most peaceful environments we’ve ever been in. Our volunteers and special guests all felt blessed and joyful after the event. The pictures tell a lot of the story. We look forward to this event every year, and even more so now that we’ve got Santa in our back pocket!
One 7 year old girl came in with her mom and requested she have both a pink superhero cape and a crown, so that she could be a “super queen.” She jokingly told her mom that since she was now royalty her mom would have to listen to her. Her mom laughed and said “good luck.” Everyone was laughing and filled with joy by the positive and contagious attitude that radiated from this young girl.
The ten year old’s story was so incredible – she not only survived the treatments and cancer battle, but grew and found many talents in the isolated room, and was one of the most positive kids ever, according to her mom. She even passed fourth grade on the A honor roll in the middle of it all. I found out in person just how incredible she is.