Last weekend McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty granted the wishes of three little girls who have been battling life-threatening illnesses.
The girls and their families sipped tea with princesses as a part of the grand opening of the Princess Castle at the Pumpkin Patch. They received makeovers, manicures, sprinkles of glitter and a tiara—so that they too could play the part of princess for a day.
Dennis Garcia, Marketing Director for McCall’s, extended the offer to Make-A-Wish of New Mexico, so that sick children could have a special experience.
“The Pumpkin Patch folks were great and these kids and their families had wonderful experiences,” said Danielle Rodriguez, Program and Outreach Manager at Make-a-Wish. The “Wish Girls” who attended this weekend are ages 4, 6 and 8.
“Guylynn is 4 years old. … All that this little girl wanted was a backyard playground that she could share with her sister. Pulte Homes sponsored her wish and she can now play outside every day,” Rodriguez said. “And she loves princesses, so we thought this weekend would be perfect for her, and it was great for me to see her again. She is now in remission and has a full head of beautiful blond hair and she truly looked like a princess.”
At the McCall’s Castle, princesses wait on children, sip tea in a formal setting and offer Fairy Godmother Makeovers, supervised by Morgan McCall, a senior at Moriarty High School.
“One of the princesses even spoke with a British accent,” said Rodriguez. Ariel Foster wore a beautiful white gown and wings as she bent over the children to apply make-up.
“This past weekend, in addition to our partnership with Make-A-Wish, we also had Military Appreciation Weekend,” Garcia said. “We gave free admission to members of the military. This coming weekend is First Responder Appreciation. And the last weekend of the year will be Teacher Appreciation Weekend.”
Make-A-Wish partners with New Mexico businesses to fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Their website at wishnm.org shares stories and opportunities for those who would like to help.