Kids Wish Gives Teen Much-Needed Retail Therapy

Jocelyn was thrilled to find out she’d be having a fabulous shopping spree at Short Pump Town Center through Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses. So many stores became involved with personalized experiences to make her feel like a VIP shopper.

She’d be making special memories at Journeys, Color Me Mine, Southern Marsh, Claire’s, The Children’s Place, Macy’s, Build-A-Bear Workshop, LUSH, ALEX AND ANI, and dining at Cooper’s Hawk. Before her big day, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the mall closed along with most of the world. When many of the stores at the mall reopened, her anticipation grew along with her wish… Kids Wish also purchased gift cards to many of these favorite stores as well as to Madewell, so she could shop for fashionable denim. In addition to the bevy of gift cards, Southern Marsh had her pick out any t-shirt of her choice, Journeys is sending her a JanSport backpack with a gift card tucked inside, and Claire’s is giving her a gift box filled with girly goodies. She also received a fun pottery kit from Color Me Mine that she can create at home, and the Children’s Place gave her an additional gift card to pick out lots of stylish clothes and accessories. Kids Wish additionally provided Jocelyn with a Red Robin gift card so she and her mom could have a festive lunch break to relax and stay fueled up for her amazing day.

“Jocelyn was so excited about her big day that was all about her,” said her Wish Coordinator Kim Kreiner. “It was a very special day shared by Jocelyn and her mom that they’ll always treasure.”

Jocelyn began having seizures a few years ago, and testing revealed she had epilepsy and Rasmussen encephalitis, a rare inflammatory and progressive neurological condition that damaged part of her brain. She also has hemiparesis, with weakness in her right arm and hand. Jocelyn has undergone three brain surgeries, and continues to work hard with weekly physical, speech and occupational therapies.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors:

  • Journeys
  • Color Me Mine
  • Southern Marsh
  • Claire’s
  • The Children’s Place