Macy’s and Make-A-Wish rolled out the red carpet for a special little girl Friday.
Lebanon's Kailey Baird was pampered with sweet treats, a braided princess up-do and more at the Green Hills Mall Macy's Friday afternoon.
Four-year-old Kailey, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was one of just 50 children from throughout the country chosen to have her wish granted as part of Make-A-Wish's National Believe Day.
“We’re just overwhelmed,” said Kailey’s mom, Angel Boone.
The family arrived at the store in a chauffeured limo, and Macy’s and Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers turned out to greet the family.
And there’s still another surprise in store for Kailey.
Baird's dream of meeting her favorite Disney princesses will soon come true when she and her family travel to Disney World. But Kailey doesn’t know that part yet.
“Our family and friends work and with the weather, they couldn’t be here today,” said Kailey’s grandmother, Linda Wyatt.
She said they’re holding a combination “reveal party” and birthday party Sunday since Kailey’s birthday is also next week.
“So she’s got a lot coming,” said Kailey’s mom.
“We can’t wait for her to find out,” said Wyatt. “It’s all she’s ever wanted to do.”
And she’ll be showing up in style, too, thanks to Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.
As part of her day of pampering, Kailey picked out a special dress to wear to her reveal-party/birthday party and also an outfit to wear to Disney World.
“She’s going to Disney world next week, but we wanted her to have a special day here,” said Grace Bingham of Make-A-Wish. “We just wanted her to feel special.”
And according to Kailey’s grandmother, they did a pretty good job.
“All the way down to the Skittles, they knew what she liked,” said Wyatt.
She praised Make-A-Wish and Macy’s.
“Make-A-Wish – all the volunteers and the work that they’ve done – nobody realizes what they do. They’ve done so much,” said Wyatt, who applied to Make-A-Wish for Kailey after a friend told Wyatt about how own experiences with Make-A-Wish.
“They make dreams come true,” said Wyatt.
Debbie Landgraf, the Make-A-Wish volunteer who selected Kailey to have her wish granted, said working with children and families like Kailey and her family is both humbling and rewarding.
“It makes you realize what is important in life,” said Landgraf. “When I have a tough day at work, I just sit back and look at some of the pictures or think about these kids…And it doesn’t just affect the child, it affects the family.”
Landgraf said working with these children are her passion.
“If I was wealthy – just stinkingly wealthy – I’d give it all to these kids,” she said.