RICHMOND, Va. (April 2019): Andrea Cannell loves to shop, and wished for clothes, cosmetics and accessories. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, made Andrea’s dream come true, sending her on a wondrous shopping spree to Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Virginia. Andrea suffers from a life-threatening condition.
During Andrea’s big wish, she went to all of her favorite stores including Bath & Body Works, H&M, Sephora, Express and Claire’s. Kids Wish Network also purchased “The Happy Teen” gift card so she wouldn’t have to worry about price tags. Her first stop was American Eagle where she received a pair of jeans and was invited to come back again with some friends for a taco bar and personal shoppers. Afterwards, Andrea went to Sephora where she selected her favorite makeup pallets.
She also enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Red Robin, and then went to one of her favorite stores Express. She was greeted by her very own personal shopper who helped her pick out her favorite outfits and treated her like a VIP, enjoying a reserved dressing room decorated with balloons, flowers, and a big poster with her name. The last stop was Claire’s, where she was surprised with a big backpack filled with jewelry, stuffed animals, hair ties, and lots of make-up accessories. She also received generous gift cards from Bath & Body Works and H&M. “We were so happy they actually made us cry,” said Andrea’s mom Stevie.
“With so many new clothes, I don’t even know what I’m going to wear to school tomorrow,” joked Andrea.
After her shopping spree, Andrea and her dad played a game of life size checkers before heading home with all her goodies.
“We are grateful to all of our wonderful sponsors for making Andrea’s shopping spree such an amazing experience that she’ll always remember,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations. KWN provides trip expenses, meals, accommodations and additional spending monies to all wish families whenever traveling as applicable. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about our different programs, and find out how you can help make dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.